Larkin and Lacey
It’s easy to assume that out of their entire career, the law official that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would remember most would be Joe Arpaio.
In fact, their publication spent much of its time covering his misdeeds. From cruelty to prisoners, to their wrongful deaths, as far as they were concerned, he was the very epitome of anything that could go wrong with law enforcement. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/jim_larkin and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
In fact, it was this very same sheriff that would lead to the arrests of these two journalists. After a member of their publication had published Arpaio’s personal address in an article that referenced his concealing commercial property, the Maricopa County sheriff decided to take them to court.
And when Larkin and Lacey received the subpoena, they published its content in an article that questioned its constitutionality.
The sheriff was furious and sent members of his plain-clothed posse to arrest them–claiming that they had revealed grand jury secrets.
Luckily, their case made national headlines. And people all over the country showed support for the two, stating that what was happening to them was unjust. And eventually, the country attorney was forced to release them. Not only that, but they were awarded a settlement of over 3 million dollars for improper arrest. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Twitter
But not everyone that Arpaio has had detained has been so lucky. He has been accused of withholding medication from prisoners to the point of death. He has been accused of forcing prisoners to give birth while chained to their beds. He’s also been accused of brutally beating any prisoner that does not follow his instructions.
Even those outside of the jail have been exposed to his mistreatment. This is especially evident when we look at the case of Melendres v. Arpaio. This class action suit alleged that the Sheriff had his posse round up Latinos so that he could verify the state of their citizenship.
These citizens were awarded 70 million dollars. And in the same case, Arpaio was found in contempt of court and ordered to serve as much as 6 months in jail for not following the judge’s orders.
Arpaio never served his sentence, because he was pardoned by president Donald Trump, someone whom he showed support for during his campaign. Larkin and Lacey believe that his pardon was influenced heavily by politics.
According to them, not only did Arpaio support Trump so that he could be pardoned but also Trump pardoned him so that he could garner votes from Arpaio’s supporters.
Larkin and Lacey no longer own the Pheonix paper that was responsible for exposing Arpaio. However, they have started a new online publication. This publication is called the Front Page Confidential and it is geared towards discussing the first amendment and free speech–specifically things that could get in the way of these two elements.
They also used their multimillion-dollar settlement in order to start their own fund–the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. It is meant to assist with migrant workers. They give grants to organizations all throughout the state of Arizona.