“He was a terrible sheriff [and] a terrible jailer,” said Jim Larkin in reference to former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. “But he was a great f—ing politician, and I actually think he was a precursor to Trump.”
Jim Larkin, former co-owner of The Phoenix New Times, is making the relation between Trump and Joe Arpaio because Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio, for no other reason than the political gain he, The President, would gain from such a decision.
Joe Arpaio was charged and convicted of criminal contempt of court for disobeying a judge’s orders to stop the enforcement of federal immigration law. The conviction came after Arpaio illegally arrested a Mexican citizen, Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, who was visiting Arizona.
The same year Joe Arpaio made the illegal arrest of Mr. Melendres, he also arrested Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the at-the-time owners of The Phoenix New Times. This was another instance of Joe Arpaio’s civil right oppression. He arrested the two for something published in their paper, a clear violation of the first amendment.
The journalistic duo had been spearheading an investigation into Arpaio’s illegal activity when Arpaio ordered his deputies to arrest them. The deputies arrived at their homes and promptly arrested them, they were transported to separate facilities where they were denied contact with one another. The journalists were released the same day and they filed a lawsuit against Arpaio and Maricopa County.
In response to the news of Arpaio’s pardon, Michael Lacey said, “This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals.”
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have decided to use the settlement money, not to retire, but to give back to the local community they both love so much. After witnessing the two decade path of destruction caused by Arpaio, the two have chosen to fix the damage he caused.
The Frontera Fund is the main form of relief created by Lacey and Larkin. The foundation supports all sorts of charities in the area. Organizations that are supported by The Frontera Fund include, ACLU of Arizona, 1070, and Can The Border Divide Us. Due to Arpaio targeting the Hispanic community, Lacey and Larkin have decided to target the same group with their charitable efforts. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
After they were awarded their lawsuit, Lacey and Larkin sold The Phoenix New Times in favor of a new creation: Front Page Confidential. The news paper is similar in some ways to their previous paper but different in many. Their previous publication was a standard newspaper that reported on everything from municipals, local crime, and politics; Front Page Confidential focuses solely on politics and civil issues. Lacey and Larkin, through their paper, are educating voters on candidates and pundits.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey