Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started off by reporting on issues that touched on students and the area politics. Their first newspaper issue was driven by the desire to keep students at Arizona State University updated regarding several topical issues.
The two happen to have been students at the University, although they both did not complete their studies. After realizing that they could use their journalism talent to eke a living, they transformed a paper that was primarily meant for student readership into a commercial concern.
Larkin and Lacey Confront Lawlessness in Maricopa County
Like any good journalists, Larkin and Lacey were always seeking stories that could capture the interest of their readers. They tried as professional as it gets with their journalistic reports. Larkin and Lacey published articles touching on the activities of the Maricopa County at the tie. He was revered to be America’s toughest Sherriff yet.
However, behind the toughness, there apparently seemed to be malice and a hatred for minorities. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had published articles relating to the activities of the Maricopa County officials, touching on the illegal arrests of minorities without regard to their rights, the embezzlement practices that were rife at the offices and lots more.
Unfortunately, someone was rattled from their skin and was willing to go all the way to frustrate the efforts by the two journalists to restore respect for the rights of all; minorities or not. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Twitter
Mr. Joe Arpaio was the Maricopa County Sheriff then. He sent his goons to go and arrest the two journalists under the guise that the journalists had revealed Jury secrets to the public. The case turned hot, and soon the courts released the two journalists unconditionally. It was reported that Arpaio had accused the two of spilled the beans of Jury investigation.
It turned out that while Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were publishing stories, even relating to the jury, the Jury was, apparently also investigating them. Larkin and Lacey had the last laugh in the case. They soon sued the County Sheriff in a case that saw the federal courts award the two journalists with $3.7 million, paid by Joe Arpaio.
The Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund is a product of Larkin and Lacey’s decision to direct the money that Arpaio paid, to starting an outfit that would protect the rights of the minorities. The Frontera Fund has its headquarters in Arizona. It is commonly engaged in protecting minorities.
Larkin and Lacey did not want any other immigrant to be subjected to the same treatment they had received in the hands of the Maricopa County officials when they were innocent.
The Frontera Fund is involved in guiding immigrants on how to get the right paperwork, even as it offers to represent minorities in lawsuits that it believes are an orchestrated effort to trample on the rights of the minorities.
Jim and Michael have continued to be critics of the former Maricopa County Sheriff. They were recently surprised and angered by the action of President Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio.