Donald Trump’s presidency has been unusual and full of surprises. One of those surprising moments was when President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, who has a terrible reputation for misconduct, abusing his power, and ignoring the law.
Joe Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County for a long time. In fact, he was a sheriff long enough to make plenty of enemies. During Sheriff Joe’s reign in Maricopa County, everyone from journalists to immigrants were in his sights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/
Two of the journalists to suffer at the hands of Joe Arpaio were Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They owned Village Voice Media together and ran dozens of newspapers under their company. One of those newspapers was the Phoenix New Times, where journalists stayed on Joe Arpaio’s tails, publishing article after article, revealing the true nature of Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, in the Phoenix New Times, talked about everything from Arpaio hiding assets to Arpaio abusing minorities. When Joe Arpaio had a subpoena written up to order Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to reveal information about their employees, Lacey and Larkin wrote about that too.
When Joe Arpaio had finally had enough, he ordered his deputies to arrest Lacey and Larkin, using his position of power as a way to handle a personal grudge. Joe Arpaio’s frustration eventually led to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin being paid $3.75 million for their illegal arrest. Joe Arpaio thought he had them when they publicly discussed the contents of a subpoena, but a judge confirmed that a citizen has the right to talk about a subpoena they have been issued.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released from jail and continued to inform, education, and help the people of Arizona. They eventually sold the Phoenix New Times all all other newspapers under the Village Voice Media name, but they moved on to greener pastures. They created The Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund is a charitable organization with a focus on helping immigrants. This organization provides reading material for those interested in learning about the immigration process. The Frontera Fund also provides a source of news concerning all things immigration.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin also created Front Page Confidential to serve as their new publishing home. This newspaper is similar to their last one in many ways. It still reports on Joe Arpaio, along with other notable, corrupt Republican politicians.