Joe Arpaio liked to think of himself as a tough on crime sheriff during his time serving Maricopa County.
He used harsh methods to deal with criminals and those who spent time in his jail. Reports have been coming out of the cruel, immoral behavior within Arpaio’s Tent City ever since it was created in 1993. Other reports claim that while under Arpaio’s care a pregnant woman was chained to a bed. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
In 2007, Arpaio was involved in an incident that would eventually make him a convicted criminal. Arpaio arrest a Mexican citizen who was in the United States on a tourist visa; Joe Arpaio admitted to using racial profiling as a way to determine who to arrest.
A judge ordered Arpaio to stop enforcing immigration laws; when Arpaio refused to abide by the judges order, he was charged and convicted with criminal contempt of court.
Victims of Arpaio knew that the charges were minimal. Joe Arpaio was facing six months in prison, but it was very unlikely the 85 year old would spend a single day in jail. Donald Trump confirmed the theory when he extended a pardon to Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio eagerly accepted it.
Despite the fact that a pardon is an admission of guilt, Arpaio is still telling people he was innocent of his crimes. Arpaio is claiming that he misunderstood the judge’s order, so he shouldn’t be guilty of the crime.
Victims of Arpaio are now reacting to news of the pardoning.
Two such victims are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two journalists met in college and went on to purchase The Phoenix New Times. They were also illegal arrested by Joe Arpaio.
When the journalists refused to stop writing about Joe Arpaio in their paper, even after being subpoenaed, Joe Arpaio sent his deputies to pull them from their homes.
Journalists all over the country took to their columns to discuss the immoral actions of Arpaio. The result was a public outcry so loud that Maricopa County had no choice but to release Lacey and Larkin. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
As free men, Lacey and Larkin decided to sue. It took 6 years, but the duo finally received their payment in the form of 3.75 million dollars.
Lacey and Larkin chose use the cash for altruistic purposes. They have been supporting local charities in the area with their organization called The Frontera Fund. With their Fund, they have donated money and provided resources to charities such as The ACLU of Arizona, and 1070.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have also founded a brand new newspaper. Their previous paper had always been politically focused but not quite so much so as Front Page Confidential.
With their new paper, Lacey and Larkin have all corrupt politicians in their figurative sights. By using Front Page Confidential, the journalists intend to reveal certain politicians for the wicked individuals they are.