Joe Arpaio is a name that has hit the American headlines in the recent past. Arpaio, who is the rotten tomato in the market, got pardoned by President Donald Trump. Why is Joe the black sheep of the family?
2007 was the year and night the time when the drama unfolded. Joe Arpaio, who was the Maricopa County Sheriff, used his law enforcement connections to put Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey behind bars. Mind you, all these happened in the cover of darkness when nothing other than the ‘moon’ could see.
Jim and Michael, the two Village Voice owners had it rough in the hands of the police, the reason being they had unveiled vital information about a grand-jury investigation. Joe, since his entry into the law enforcement scene, had encountered some serious backlash from courts and top government institutions, all of who dictated how Arpaio would do his job. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Therefore, Arpaio got really angered when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey did a cover on him. Making the arrest that lasted for twenty-four days was Joe’s way of saving face, something that got him into more trouble.
Larkin and Lacey sued the County based on defamation charges, a case they won. Additionally, the court issued them with an over three and a half million dollar settlement, money have since put to good use thanks to their philanthropic course.
Arpaio, before the expose, had evaded jail thanks to his friends in high places. Unfortunately, the law soon got a hold of the ‘black sheep’ and the man found it rough in jail. Today, Arpaio is a free man all thanks to the pardon given by President Donald Trump. For sure, Joe who has always been a vocal anti-Obama supporter won a place in Trump’s heart, hence his freedom
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, despite the release of Joe Arpaio, are constantly fighting for Latino rights. Individuals like Arpaio are always on the duos radar since Joe has always been against immigrants and their rights for the longest time now.
Thanks to their settlement, Jim and Michael have more than enough money to propel the agenda of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund forward, a philanthropic umbrella body the duo owns.
Lacey and Larkin, having been journalists are slowly returning to their trade. They now own Front Page Confidential, a platform they have used to cover quite a significant number of threats that get directed to free speech and the First Amendment. Are they slowing down soon? Not by a long shot as their personal backgrounds tell it all.
Michael Lacey, who also happens to be the son of a construction worker, began his career in journalism decades ago. Lacey was able to create an interesting piece on campus antiwar protests despite being a dropout.
Jim Larkin, on the other hand, met Lacey while at the New Times, and it is from there that their relationship grew. Today, Jim and Michael have become two forces worth reckoning with, all because they stuck together to form their brotherhood.