Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are no strangers to controversy. As the owners of The Phoenix New Times, they targeted one of the most controversial figures in politics: Joe Arpaio. The result of their investigation of Arpaio resulted in the exposure of some of Arpaio’s hidden assets. In turn, Arpaio sent his deputies to the journalists homes and had them arrested. Lacey and Larkin walked away from the ordeal with nearly 4 million dollars. The entire incident made national headlines.
Since winning the settlement, Lacey and Larkin have not hit the brakes. They no longer own The Phoenix New Times, but a new newspaper has been formed in its place: Front Page Confidential. Their new paper is no less controversial than their previous. Front Page Confidential also has Joe Arpaio in its figurative scope. Lacey and Larkin are using the paper as a way to educate and inform the American population about corrupt politicians like Joe Arpaio.
Who is Joe Arpaio?
Joe Arpaio is a former sheriff in Arizona, specifically Maricopa County. As sheriff, he lead Arizona down a path of destruction that is unmatched by any other local politician. He intends to break his own record by running for a Senate seat in 2018.
He has been accused of negligent homicide and assault. A woman was chained to a bed during pregnancy while in his care, and people have committed suicide while in his jails. One of his biggest immortal decisions happened only a year after he was first elected. He created a facility called Tent City that he described as a modern day concentration camp. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
Victims of Arpaio finally believed they had received justice when Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court in 2017. It wasn’t long until they lost all hope for the justice system, however. Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio only 3 months after his conviction. Arpaio didn’t spend a single day in jail.
Larkin and Lacey React
After news broke of the pardon, the nation was outraged. It was bad enough that out of all the accused charges put forth against Arpaio, contempt of court was the only thing that stuck. It is a spit in the face to the victims of Arpaio that The President would pardon someone such as him.
“This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals,” said Michael Lacey, referring to the pardoning. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Lacey contributes the pardon to Trump’s low approval ratings. The pardoning was just an attempt for Trump to hold on to the remaining supporters he has. “Trump’s approval rating is down around 30 percent,” Lacey said. “That 30 percent is going to like what he did.”
In addition to Front Page Confidential, the journalistic duo created The Frontera Fund. The fund is an attempt to counteract the damage Arpaio has done to the Hispanic community in Arizona. Lacey and Larkin support a large number of charities through The Frontera Fund.