March 9, 2018
The evening of October 18th 2007 was very interesting for Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. They were forced to leave their house in handcuffs and thrown into the back of an unidentifiable SUV that held Mexican plates. There home was located in Arizona Phoenix area where Jim had grown up. After all this happened they were booked apart and held in separate jails.
Arpaio; who claimed he was America’s Toughest Sheriff was the one who lead the arrests of these two. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were detained for writing a story in the Phoenix New Times the story was about Arpaio and his allies. Needless to say Arpaio hit his breaking point and felt he wanted to get even he had the two arrested and tried in court. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin’s detainment made the whole nation roar, they were not too happy with this ending. Inevitably in the end the “dangerous” duo were released and set free in less than 24 hours after they were detained. According to the Ninth Circuit Court the detainment of these two was illegal and it went against their first amendment rights and abuse of power.
Even on top of all of this other illegal activity it was noted that the subpoenas served upon these two were actually invalid as well. This was the case because the prosecutor had skipped a step or two in the required legal procedures. Also it’s simply put that Lacey and Larkin were both arrested without a provable reason.
Soon after all these events took place the duo both received settlement money for the unjust actions taken against them. They use the settlement money most to help the Hispanic community when they receive the brunt of racial happenings. Claims have been made by these two that Arpaio has played a big part in giving Mexican’s a bad wrap. The two ended their interview by saying that of course they would stand by the Mexican migrants because they’re migrants as well.
Why did Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Create the Frontera Fund?
Michael Lacey, son of a construction worker, first met his business partner Jim Larkin in college. When their school began voicing conservative views on student anti-war protests, they created their own voice in the form of a school paper. After the success they had with their college publication, they dropped out to create a real newspaper.
As owners of The Phoenix New Times, they were able to not only make a change in their local area, but raised public awareness on the immoral behavior of Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio. When Arpaio arrested the two journalists for content they published in their paper they all made national headlines. All over the country people were reading about Arpaio’s illegal actions in papers like USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
The public outcry lead to Lacey and Larkin being released almost immediately. After their release, they filed a multi million dollar lawsuit against Maricopa County and sheriff Arpaio, which they would go on to win. Nearly 4 million dollars richer, Lacey and Larkin decided to create two new organizations.
The Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund provides money for charities such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, which fights for rights and liberties for Arizona citizens. Their primary target are the Hispanics of Arizona that were targeted by Joe Arpaio though. The Frontera Fund website provides information for those who may be concerned with the Dream Act or other immigration laws. They also provide resources to the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, American Immigration Council and many others.
Their New Publication
Along with The Frontera Fund, Lacey and Larkin have created a newspaper called Front Page Confidential. The intention of the paper is to raised awareness of political corruption: primarily Joe Arpaio.