Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have moved past their incident with Joe Arpaio, but they are still fighting the same fight they were when he arrested them.
Over at Front Page Confidential, Lacey and Larkin are still fighting for the rights of all citizens. They produce a daily article called First Amendment Today. Everyday an article concerning modern threats to the first amendment are discussed. Front Page Confidential also aims to expose Republican politicians, airing out their dirty laundry.
This is exactly what got them in trouble with Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona at the time; Lacey and Larkin were overseeing operations of the Phoenix New Times, a localized alternative newspaper. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been exposing Arpaio’s questionable activities, like abusing his power and using it against his political opponents. The Phoenix New Times was also one of the first publications to call into question Arpaio’s treatment of immigrants. Now, partially in thanks to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Arpaio’s name is notorious all over the country.
Joe Arpaio was appreciative of this fact. He worked with the local court system, drafting a subpoena to have delivered to the Phoenix New Times. When the newspaper decided to write about the subpoena instead of complying with it, Arpaio believed he had the necessary cause for arrest. He was wrong. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
A judge ruled in favor of Lacey and Larkin, claiming that they were within their rights to publicly discuss the contents of the court document. Instead of being charged with a crime, Lacey and Larkin were awarded $3.75 million for an illegal arrest and an attempt to silence the press. This was in 2007.
Arpaio’s immoral activity goes back way further than 2007. As soon as he was elected, Arpaio created Tent City, a brutal, inhumane facility to house inmates.
The same year he arrested Lacey and Larkin, Arpaio used his position to bully a Mexican citizen who was in the country legally. This resulted in criminal contempt of court charges being filed on Joe Arpaio.
In fact, Arpaio was convicted of these charges. However, he didn’t spend a day in jail. In between the conviction and sentencing, Joe Arpaio received a federal pardon from Donald Trump.