Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the trending journalists of Phoenix Times Newspaper that published investigative stories about abuse of office by several Arizona Country Officials including Mr. Joe Arpaio, the then county Sheriff.
Larkin and Lacey gained popularity after they daringly took on the long0serving County Sherrif in commentaries and editorials in their paper. Soon, the two journalists were witch-hunted by Joe Arpaio himself. He sent his hirelings and goons to their apartments and arrested them.
The incident caused an uproar in Arizona. It was so serious that all the trumped up charges against the journalists were dropped. However, the journalists sought justice and sought compensation for the illegal treatment and the violation of their civil rights.
The courts in Arizona agreed with the complainants and awarded the two journalists $ 3.75 million. Larkin and Lacey used the money awarded by the courts to set up the Frontera Fund.
The Trump pardon
Nothing hurts more than watching agents of impunity get away with it as if nothing happened. Mr. Joe Arpaio is by definition the most culpable person before the law, says Michael Lacey. It is a shock to those who have suffered the injustices that Joe Arpaio has meted out against the immigrant community and other minorities in Arizona.
Looking back at events that led to the presidential pardon, it will be remembered that before Obama became the president, Donald Trump and the likes of Joe Arpaio ran the anti-Obama campaign Claiming that Mr. Obama was not eligible for the country’s presidency.
They claimed that he, Obama, had falsified his birth certificate and that he was actually born outside the US. It looks like the axis of evil is back at it, powered by the presidential power. Mr. Joe Arpaio has received the presidential pardon for defying a court order that emanates from a case way back in 2007. Mr. Arpaio was convicted recently for contempt of court and was facing his sentencing just before President Trump pardoned him. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and https://twitter.com/JimLarkin_
It is a move that has angered many immigrants in Arizona. The long-serving ex-Sheriff of Arizona County found it hard when he was faced with the allegations of abuse of office among many other serious crimes. The move by Trump is widely seen as a case of rewarding cronies when you have some political space.
Background of Larkin and Lacey
The two journalists started their career way back in the days they attended the University. They began to report campus issues and ran gossip columns before the business turned big. Larkin and Lacey are trained journalists. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
They attended various schools and ended up in journalism. The two journalists remained active and were soon absorbed by some of the papers that seemed not to have a future. The Phoenix Times came into the limelight after the hard work that the two journalists put in. They ventured into investigative journalism.
They told the story as it is without censorship. Meanwhile, as the saga of John Arpaio continues, the Frontera Foundation continues to help both female and male individuals that frequently have their rights abused by insensitive agents of the state. Michael Lacey has also been vocal about what Trump said. He notes that the move was moronic.