Lacey and Larkin arrested by the FBI
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two journalists who have played a significant role in defeating discrimination of immigrants in the United States. The two run a foundation known as the Frontera Fund, an organization that supports other human rights groups in the state of Arizona to carry out their duties by funding them.
Lacey and Larkin receive $3.75 million as compensation for violation of their human rights by the former Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio. The two protested their arrest in 2007 by going to court to report the matter and seek compensation. They decided to use the funds to start various causes that could lead to support of human rights in the whole state. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Joe Arpaio is a notorious Sheriff who called himself America’s toughest Sheriff. He presided over a regime that caused pain and misery to thousands of immigrants that live d in his county. The immigrants who were mainly Latinos were tortured and some even killed in an attempt to stop illegal immigration into the United States.
Joe Arpaio and his cohorts believed that by stopping immigration, there would be more opportunities for the natives. To them, the immigrants were taking over opportunities that should be for the natives.
Joe Arpaio was the person behind the controversy of the birth certificate of the former president Barack Obama. He was joined by Donald Trump to claim that Obama was not born in the country.
The two seem to have working chemistry since Joe Arpaio campaigned for him aggressively during the last presidential elections. After he won the seat, he rewarded Arpaio with a pardon for a case on his conduct as the Sheriff. As two believers in anti-immigration, President Trump does not see anything wrong that Arpaio did while he was the sheriff. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
Joe Arpaio had been taken to court in 2011 on charges of committing crimes against the immigrants. The court then ordered that he stops any further mistreatment of immigrants. Unfortunately, he did not stop. Immigrants were still be being tortured and discriminated upon.
In 2017, he was taken back to the courts after he lost his bid to defend the seat of the Sheriff which he had won six times in a row. This time, he was found guilty of ignoring court orders. He was found guilty and was to be convicted in October 2017. Luckily for him, Donald Trump was now the present. The two shared ideologies, and therefore he would come to his rescue with a pardon.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are once again in court after the FBI arrested them in April on charges of operating illegal activities through a site they previously owned called Backpage.com.
The two are going to face trial in June after the department of justice released a charge sheet that shows they will have to answer to 93 counts of running illegal activities through the website.
It was just last year when Lacey and Larkin launched another site known as the “Front Page Confidential” to highlight issues of First Amendment in the country.