In October 2017, U.S District Judge Susan Bolton officially exonerated Joe Arpaio. A man considered to be Americas worst sheriff. Arpio was known for his white supremacist agendas and his racial propaganda against minority groups. He was released after a pardon from the president: Donald Trump. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Arpaio had been earlier convicted in July. He had been charged with criminal contempt and ignoring a federal judge’s order arising from a lawsuit against him in 2007. The ruling by Judge Bolton brought about the end of the spiral drama spanning over a decade. The fiasco had led to the arrest of the former owners of the Phoenix New Times. One Michael Lacey and his co-owner Jim Larkin.
Michael Lacey was born in Newark, N.J., and attended the Arizona State University. Jim Larkin hailed from Phoenix and went to the same university. He dropped out in 1972 teaming up with Lacey to start the phoenix new times, a paper dedicated to offering a voice to the student’s woes. With Lacey taking up the executive editor’s chair and Larkin holding up the advertising end of the paper. They focused on both social and political issues.
Their ability to be vocal in investigative journalism gained them prominence in the ever-growing roster of American newspapers. The two executives turned a premature newspaper aimed at fighting for the well-being of students on campus to a publication that reached millions of readers.
Under the patronage of Lacey and Larkin, The Phoenix New Times relentlessly covered the proceedings of the case. They exposed the cut-throat manner in which the Maricopa County’s department was being run for over two decades. They were arrested for their revelation in the paper the grand jury subpoenas. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The subpoenas aimed the writers of the paper, its editors, and shockingly its readers. Their arrests were carried out by the rogue law-man Arpaio. All charges against them were dropped within 24 hours after public outrage all over the county.
Further inquiry into the matter revealed the shocking motive of the subpoenas. They were a means to an end and were caught in the crossfire of an unwarranted witch hunt by a vengeful prosecutor who had broken the law.
Lacey and Larkin later sued the county sheriff’s department for wrongful arrests. The matter reached a settlement offer that had Maricopa County pay 3.75 million dollars. The money which they later used to establish the Lacey &Larkin Frontera Fund. A foundation with the sole purpose of distributing the proceeds of the settlement to the Latin- American groups around Arizona.
Lacey termed that the fact that Arpaio gets to walk away after all his hate crimes as a failure on the justice system. He says that Arpaio should be held accountable for all the crimes committed under him during his 24 years tenure as sheriff.