Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin – Journalists and Philanthropists React to Joe Arpaio’s Pardon

Ever since college, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been working together in the journalism field. They started with a school paper, but they soon dropped out in order to test the waters in the real industry. It wasn’t long until the duo purchased Phoenix New Times together.

It was at the Phoenix New Times where they conducted investigations into the illegal matters conducted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Obviously, this got under the skin of the sheriff. When Joe Arpaio had finally had enough, he ordered his most well-trained deputies in to make the arrests. Lacey and Larkin were arrested and transported to different facilities, presumably to keep them from communicating.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin didn’t need to say a word. Their journalistic peers from newspaper across the nation spoke up in their place. Headlines all over the county had Arpaio’s name in it, but in ways he had never imagined. The headlines painted him as a traitor to the constitution and unfit for office. Due to public outrage, Lacey and Larkin were released from jail. They sued. They won $3.75 million.

Arpaio’s path of chaos isn’t restricted to the free press. According to Lacey, Arpaio’s hatred for Hispanics dates back to 2005. Prior to that, Arpaio was attempting to make a name for himself at the expense of the Maricopa County jail population.

“This is a sheriff who advertised torture and racism,” said Michael Lacey.

Joe Arpaio was recently forced to go through the criminal court process himself. Stemming from his actions in 2007, Arpaio was charged and convicted of criminal contempt of court in 2017. President Trump spoiled the celebration of Arpaio’s victims by pardoning him. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

“Rex Tillerson was right: Donald Trump is a moron,” said Lacey, in reference to the pardon.

No one expected Joe Arpaio, age 85, to serve a day behind bars. They did expect him to walk away with a criminal record. Thanks to President Trump, Arpaio is free to run for Senate in 2018.

By using their newest organization, Front Page Confidential, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin intend to attempt to stop him from winning. Along with Joe Arpaio, other corrupt politicians are the subjects of Front Page Confidential. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin intend to eradicate the American political system of immoral acting politicians.

In addition to their journalistic efforts, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have entered into the world of altruism. With The Frontera Fund, Lacey and Larkin are working hard to support the local Hispanic Community. Frontera Fund works with charities such as Can The Border Divide Us?, Aliento, and the ACLU of Arizona.