Joe Arpaio’s run as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” is apparently over, much to the zeal of many Arizona residents. Among those zealous residents are Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey. Lacey and Larkin were two reporters working in the Phoenix area who investigated all of Arpaio’s unconstitutional actions as sheriff regarding apprehending Mexican migrants without probable cause and jailing them inhumanely in his make shift outdoor jails. Arpaio was not conducting these raids on his own, as his Selective Enforcement Unit was deployed when mass arrests were deemed necessary by Arpaio. Arpaio’s tough cop antics were reported throughout the nation by many Associated Press media outlets who would often frame his policies as acceptable.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin had taken great exception to this acceptance, instead combing through all of Arpaio’s activities as sheriff. And, just as many other politicians have also found out during their careers, there were some significant financial problems occurring under his official watch as sheriff. After determining they finally had the goods on Arpaio’s public trust financial indiscretions, Lacey and Larkin penned a story explaining how Arpaio was stealing from the local government. Arpaio responded by arresting both journalists immediately, prompting a national outcry for their release based on no probable cause for arrest.
Arpaio apparently did not realize that county officials do not have carte blanche to do as they please. The fact that a journalist does not agree with an official’s public policy does not constitute a crime. In addition, the fact that an article was published signifying mishandling of government funds does not establish probable cause. Although the Maricopa County officials were assuredly in hopes the two journalists would go away after being released, what ensued was a lawsuit for unlawful detainment that Lacey and Larkin won in 2013.
Instead of taking the money and returning to life as reporters, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to use the funds to establish the Frontera Fund. The is now a slush fund to assist Mexican migrants who have found themselves facing frivolous criminal situations merely because of their heritage, such as now being faced by the DACA executive order victims.
L & L: Freedom Of Speech
Front Page Confidential is an online platform that advocates for free speech. This is referred to rights to speak freely without being restrained by state laws. Using offensive words and phrases to put across political messages is allowed in the United States Constitution. Also allowed is, engaging in the use of signs and actions to indicate a message and use of commercial products and professional services to create awareness to the public. Due to this, everyone has a right to speak their mind. In politics, schools, and celebrities this right is mainly used to create attention.
Front Page Confidential founders are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two go back to schoolmates who joined Arizona State University and became business partners in the course of campus life. Michael Lacey is a native of New Jersey where his dad was a construction worker. He and others students in Arizona State University published their first newspaper, the Phoenix Times. Later he was joined by Jim Larkin who created its awareness to the public.
This became their source of income. They expanded the business by buying other newspapers that published similar news of universities antiwar protests. They were arrested in relation to this publication. Joe Arpaio, the head of police of Maricopa County, Arizona, arrested the two. Due to public complaints, they were later released on account of misleading information by a public legal representative.
The county basically paid them for being arrested for the wrong reasons. Lacey and Larkin then used the money to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The money paid was given to groups of immigrants from Latin American who were living in Arizona. Their push for free speech stated in the constitution of the United States in the First Amendment gave fruit to Village Voice Media Holdings.
This organization was known for its; investigative reporting and coverage of foods, music, films, arts, and events within the county and state. This firm was later sold and by them. It was highly famous both in print and online. It also had been awarded journalist honors.