Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Still Righting the Wrongs of Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio was Sheriff of Maricopa County for a very long time. During his entire tenure as a sheriff, Arpaio used the position to make a name for himself. In the end he got what he wished for, but it didn’t exactly happen the way he planned. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The controversy began as soon as Arpaio got elected when he formed Tent City, a torturous ,outdoor facility in the middle of the Arizona desert. Arpaio wasn’t a well known name at this time. He didn’t become a national name until Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began to investigate him.

The journalists, at the Phoenix New Times, revealed things about Arpaio like asset hiding, police brutality, and bigoted behavior.

Joe Arpaio didn’t take kindly to things he’d rather keep behind closed doors being revealed. A subpoena was served to the Phoenix New Times, asking them to hand over information concerning employee and reader identities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

Fortunately for everyone, the Phoenix New Times refused to comply. They actually wrote about the subpoena in their newspaper, informing citizens what the Sheriff’s Office and the Court House were up to.

This led to their arrest. Joe Arpaio, believing it was illegal to publicly discuss a subpoena, had his deputies pull Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin from their homes in the middle of the night. However, when a judge ruled that a person who has been subpoenaed hss the right to talk about the contents of the subpoena, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were compensated for the illegal arrest. They were given $3.75 million.

Joe Arpaio made headlines again last year when he was pardoned by Donald Trump. Joe Arpaio was a vocal support of Trump before the primary elections, meaning he was one of the first Republicans to stand behind Trump. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase

It wasn’t until Trump won the primary when other Republicans got behind Donald Trump. Arpaio was charged with criminal contempt of court nearly a decade ago. He was approaching sentencing when Donald Trump announced that he would be offering a pardon to Arpaio.

As for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, they are running The Frontera Fund, a charitable organization that they created with the $3.75 million they were awarded. The Frontera Fund is attempting to fix the damage done by Joe Arpaio by asssiting, instead of harming, the Hispanic community.