Who is Joe Arpaio?
Joe Arpaio is currently running for United States Congress, but he entered the world of politics in 1992 when he first became the Sheriff of Maricopa County. He is a controversial politicians who has used questionable methods to enforce the law.
One instance of racial profiling led to criminal charges against Joe Arpaio. Mr. Melendres, a Mexican citizen, was visiting Arizona on a tourist visa when he ran into Joe Arpaio and his deputies. The police officer arrested him for no reason other than the color of his skin, which Joe Arpaio admitted to. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Due to this event, Joe Arpaio was ordered by a judge to stop enforcing national immigration law. Arpaio didn’t obey the judge’s orders, and he was sentenced to criminal contempt of court. For many, it seemed the destructive path of Joe Arpaio was finally over, but Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio of all his crimes.
Arpaio’s History with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
While Joe Arpaio was in the streets of Maricopa County, making people uncomfortable and abused immigrants, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were leading the Phoenix New Times. The newspaper had been covered Joe Arpaio for years, exposing his illegal actions and portraying him in a negative light.
When the Phoenix New Times were served a subpoena, instead of providing Maricopa County with the names of the writers, editors, and readers, like the subpoena ordered, they wrote about it in their paper.
Joe Arpaio thought he finally had Lacey and Larkin dead to rights, but he was in for disappointment. Joe Arpaio arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for revealing the contents of a court document. Eventually, a court ruled that the newspapermen had every right to publish that content, making the arrest a violation of the first amendment. Joe Arpaio’s efforts fell short once again.
The settlement money was finally awarded to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in 2013. With the 3.75 million dollars awarded to the journalists, they created The Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund works closely with the community and other charities to change lives for the better.
Due to the abuse endured by Latinos, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are focusing their charitable causes on them. The Frontera Fund supports charities that assist Hispanics like Can The Border Divide Us?, and Aliento.
Michael and Jim sold the Phoenix New Times after they received their settlement money, but they didn’t stay out of the newspaper business for long. In 2017, Front Page Confidential was created in order to give Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin a new outlet to reach fans.
Front Page Confidential has a similar goal as their previous paper: they expose corrupt politicians and attempt to get them voted out of office. The paper also publishes content that relates to civil and migrant rights.