In the article ‘The Incident that Launched Frontera Fund’, writers for the Frontera Fund explain how the founders, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were falsely detained by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office under the orders of the corrupt Joe Arpaio.
According to them, they were taken into custody over the fact that they were journalists and would write articles on how Arpaio was mishandling the sheriff’s department. Arpaio did not take kindly to such allegations and went around legal means to issue a subpoena for both men’s arrest.
The gentlemen were arrested in their homes on the night of October 18, 2007, in front of their families. They were taken to different locations to be kept. Once the public learned of the unjust arrest there was an outcry and the men were set free with the charges fully dropped.
The pair immediately turned the tables on Arpaio, taking him to court and winning a settlement of $3.7 million that they invested in starting the Frontera Fund. The basis of the fund is to help Mexican migrants once they reach Arizona. Lacey and Larkin wrote about how these people were mistreated, illegally detained, and abused by the sheriff’s office and Joe Arpaio specifically.
They knew he was corrupt and were not afraid to say so or to share the things he did with the general public. Up until Larkin and Lacey refused to stand down, many other outlets had been intimidated into keeping quiet; they would not, however.
Their arrests came after another attempt to quiet the two men. When those tactics didn’t work, Arpaio sent deputies out to arrest them, using a subpoena not sanctioned or approved by the state of Arizona. The men knew that this act violated their First Amendment rights and so did the public.
In the original article, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was quoted saying, “It is hard to conceive of a more direct assault on the First Amendment than public officials ordering the immediate arrests of their critics. And, in this case, there was nothing subtle about their efforts to stifle the New Times.”
Because their rights had been violated due to one man not wanting people talking bad about him or spreading the truth of his inner workings, the state of Arizona was cost millions of dollars to make up for the original lack of justice. The two men still run the foundation and still help migrants.
Lacey and Larkin sued Joe Arpaio for wrongful arrest and won a $3.75 million dollar settlement from the county of Maricopa in Arizona. All moneys were utilized to fund and support the Frontera Fund which works on a constant basis to fight injustices against speak on behalf of pro-immigration and migrant-rights groups.
This is one of the reasons why we cannot let Joe Arpaio move up the ranks in politics and be given further power than he’s ever been given the right to. He is a convicted criminal with a negative accomplishment list that has taken advantage of many innocent people and their human rights. He’s currently campaigning for the United States Senate using his former experience as a sherIff for Maricopa County, Arizona.
He’s nicknamed the worst Sherrif in U.S. history by those who have had to deal with his unfair rule within Maricopa. The First Amendment is part of our constitution for good reason and we must utilize it to further improve our country not put money in the pockets of the 1% or the individuals that do their work. FrontPage Confidential is a news and commentary website providing articles discussing all issues connected to free speech.
The previously mentioned lawsuit is the result of wrongful arrrest for revealing that the grand jury subpoenas earmark the Phoenix New Times. Joe Arpaio was the mind behind the entire arrest and forcing upon them jail time. With public outcry charges were dropped. This entire ordeal was developed using illegal means to make sure that Joe Arpaio got what he wanted which included counterfeit grand jury warrants which magically bypassed any legal safeguards placed in the way.
If Joe Arpaio is given the opportunity to sit in the Senate it will contribute towards a downfall in the American way of life.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Assist Arizona Post-Arpaio Conversary
After being award 3.75 million dollars in a lawsuit filed against Maricopa County, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential.
The lawsuit that ended in Larkin and Lacey being award millions was a result of former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s abuse of power. Larkin and Lacey’s former newspaper, Phoenix New Times, had been investigating Arpaio’s countless criminal accusations. When Arpaio heard of the newspaper’s plans, he sent his deputies in a van bearing Mexican plates to arrest the two journalists.
Arpaio’s crimes don’t end there, he was charged with criminal contempt of court after ignoring a judge’s orders to cease his enforcement of national immigration laws. He was convicted in July of 2017, but was pardoned by political ally Donald Trump just before sentencing was set to take place. Despite accepting the pardon, which is an admission of guilt, Arpaio, in an interview on MSNBC said he was innocent of all charges.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, in disgust of Arpaio’s actions, have vowed to use their two new resources to fight against oppressive representatives such as Arpaio.
Front Page Confidential aims to educate its readers about current events involving the violation of the first amendment and other civil rights cases; The Frontera Fund works with other groups and organizations to assist the Hispanic community – which was the main target of Arpaio’s criminal activity.