Selective Enforcement Unit was feared by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Through this, Lacey and Larkin were arrested, and the Village Voice Media board were removed from the Phoenix-area. The two were finally booked into different jails that were managed by Arpaio.
The arrest of the Lacey and Larkin is believed to be instigated and supported by Arpaio. This was the man who termed himself to be the toughest American Sheriff. The grudge between the two sides began long via the stories exposed through the Phoenix New Times that he believed were misleading and not right. Through the paper, he was reported to play a role in fostering anti-Mexican fear mongering and had the bearing in the direction of the political posture in the city of Arizona.
Furthermore, Phoenix reported Arpaio on matters of financial irregularities even after being dismissed by the mainstream newspapers as the offbeat and kind person who was concerned in cases of Arizona. The main incidents that hit the image of Arpaio are the retaliatory abuses of power, poor health conditions, and candid persecution.
Lacey and Larkin were then arrested following their stand on the report that was put on the newspaper of Phoenix New Times. The primary intention of the two was to create sanity in the society that was marred by injustices. The Attorney Office of Maricopa County demanded the insight of the newspaper writers and the editors through the issued grand jury. Larkin and Lacey were found to be the victims of the circumstances and were detained. The two believed to have been arrested by relaying the fact to the public about the matters that were brewing in the community.
Following the arrest of Lacey and Larkin, there was a loud national outcry demanding the release of the journalists within the period of 24 hours and their charges dropped. The move that prompted the arrest of the two journalists called for the need to end the abuse of power in Arizona. Consequently, The Ninth Circuit realized that the grand jury subpoenas that acted on the journalists were invalid since the process was overstepping the mandate of the legal requirement. It was proven beyond doubt by the court that Larkin and Lacey were arrested without likely cause. The two were then paid 3.7$ million as compensation by Maricopa County in the year 2013.
Lacey and Larkin channel the amount into their initiative, Frontera Fund that was set to benefit the community and restore the glory of civil rights to the immigrants and erase racism animus across the Arizona. The initiative was borne out of the Lacey observation that Joe Arpaio was discriminating Mexican immigrant and American citizens.
As a matter of fact, the project of the Larkin and Lacey made a huge mileage in the restoration of the immigrant civil rights and American citizens.
Two New Organizations to Fight Joe Arpaio
After a multiple million dollar settlement, the former co-owners of The Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have create a new charitable organization. In addition to the charity, they have created a brand new publication called Front Page Confidential.
The lawsuit stems from an altercation with Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. After The Phoenix New Times published an investigative piece relating to Arpaio’s asset hiding, the corrupt sheriff sent his deputies to raid the homes of the two journalists. Lacey was taken to one facility and Larkin was taken to a different one. It is apparent that this is a clear cut case of silencing the press, which is a violation of the first amendment. They were awarded almost 4 million dollars for their illegal detainment.
About The Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund is the charitable organization formed after the lawsuit. The Frontera Fund supports other organizations such as 1070, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Kino Border Initiative, Promise Arizona, and Trans Queer Pueblo. The Frontera Fund provides these charities and many more with the resources and money needed to provide support for the Hispanic community.
Joe Arpaio, whose other victims primarily consisted of minorities, has inadvertently assisted those he hated, due to the lawsuit Lacey and Larkin won against him and Maricopa County. Money from the settlement has went towards charities that fight for lower tuition rates for dreamers like the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition.
About Front Page Confidential
In a recent story published by Lacey and Larkin’s new publication, one of their writers discussed whether Joe Arpaio was targeting racist individuals by citing an interview he did with an anti-Semitic publication. Stephen Lemons, the writer also suggested that racial hatred may be the reason why Arpaio recently claimed Obama never attended Harvard – despite him teaching law at the school.
This is the type of content you will see on Front Page Confidential. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are using it as a voice to oppose the Senate run of Joe Arpaio.