Donald Trump has made many controversial statements and decision since taking the Oval Office, but few actions were more shocking than when he pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio. By pardoning Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump stood by an alleged torturer and self confessed racist. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Joe Arpaio’s history is interwoven with his victims. Two individuals who were abused by Joe Arpaio are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, perhaps the two people who had the most publicized relationship with Joe Arpaio.
As the owners of both the Phoenix New Times and its parent company, Village Voice Media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were spearheading efforts to expose Joe Arpaio for the corrupt politician he was.
Joe Arpaio obviously didn’t agree with these journalistic actions: he had them arrested, in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. This happened 10 years ago, but it took until 2013 for Lacey and Larkin to be awarded justice. Their justice was given to them in the form of 3.75 million dollars.
Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, and the Phoenix New Times were not the only organizations that were covering Arpaio. Publications from all over the state, and even across the country had covered Arpaio before.
Arpaio targeted Lacey and Larkin because they published the contents of a court subpoena in their paper. Arpaio thought he had them, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Joe Arpaio’s illegal arrests, in total, have cost Maricopa County nearly 100 million dollars. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
One arrest, the same year of the journalists’ arrest, resulted in over 70 million dollars being awarded to a Mexican citizen. This incident also resulted in Arpaio being charged and convicted of contempt of court. This is the charge that Joe Arpaio was pardoned for. Joe Arpaio was saved by a political ally, for no reason other than to satisfy the constituents of Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP.
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received the settlement in 2013 they created The Frontera Fund. Politically motivated, angry, and aggressive, The Frontera Fund works to make sure citizens keep their first amendment rights.
Joe Arpaio’s agenda consisted of arresting Latinos and silencing the masses; The Frontera Fund is working to undo this damage. The Frontera Fund also works with charities all over the state that deal with issues of migrant rights, human rights, and constitutional rights.
If Arpaio was sentenced for his crime, while in jail, he would have missed the up-coming election. Thanks to Donald Trump, Arpaio is continuing his efforts towards winning a seat in Congress. If he is elected, as an ally to Donald Trump, Arpaio will be more powerful than ever.
The damage he may cause is unimaginable, but Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are working diligently to prevent this from happening with their new newspaper, Front Page Confidential, where they continue to fight against Joe Arpaio.