Arizona natives, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrest by then-time Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio for an article they had published in The Phoenix New Times. Violating peoples first amendment rights is light-work for the former sheriff.
In 1993, he created a self proclaimed concentration camp. Arpaio claimed that he created the camp to counteract prison overpopulation, but prisoners in his care were reportedly tortured and beaten.
Arpaio has been accused of misusing his authority on multiple occasions, he was possibly responsible for a diabetic woman slipping into a coma, and in 2007 he ignored a judge’s order to cease his racially motivated enforcement of federal immigration law. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Arpaio was eventually charged and convicted of criminal contempt of court for the latter crime. Despite his conviction, Joe Arpaio will never spend a day in jail. In late 2017, Donald Trump offered Arpaio a pardon and he accepted. Even though a pardon is an admission of guilt, early in 2018, Arpaio took to MSNBC and declared his innocence. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
2007 was also the year he targets Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin and The Phoenix New Times. Arpaio’s hatred for the free press stems from the fact that Lacey and Larkin were spearheading the newspaper’s efforts to unravel all of the illegal and immoral actions of Arpaio. Rather than take his expose in stride, Arpaio chose to violate the constitutional rights of two of Arizona’s citizens.
In retaliation to their unlawful arrest, Lacey and Larkin filed a lawsuit against Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County. Although it took six years, they eventually won and were awarded nearly 4 million dollars. Lacey and Larkin then decided to sell The Phoenix New Times and start a brand new publication.
Front Page Confidential was created by Lacey and Larkin with a more goal oriented approach to the news. The duo plan to use their new publication to tell citizens all about the illegal actions perpetrated by Joe Arpaio and politicians like him. The paper informs people of their constitutional rights and educates them on ways to protect them.
In addition to their new paper, Lacey and Larkin have created The Frontera Fund. The fundraising company provides resources and cash to charitable organizations such as Aliento, Arizona Justice Project, Can The Border Divide US?, Fundacion Mexico, Center for Neighborhood Leadership and many others.
With the help from Frontera Fund, charities are able to provide even more support for those that they assist.