The woes of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

Jim Larkin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Village Voice Media. Michael Lacey is the Executive Editor of the same company. These two men were ‘abducted’ from their homes by unregistered Sports utility vehicles. These were orders that had been passed by the sheriff. Joe Arpaio, America’s Toughest Sherriff” as he liked to refer to himself, was the mastermind behind all this. He felt exposed when Jim Larkin a well as Michael Lacey began publishing his wrongdoings. He was against the Latino as well as the Hispanic settlement in Arizona. He did all that he could to have them detained and were treated very badly despite being innocent

Michael Lacey and Jim Larking had been arrested on the eighteenth of October in the year 2007. Their illegal detention was cut short by the public masses when they united to make an outcry. This outcry made their detention to be dropped within twenty-four hours. The anti-immigrant sheriff was using counterfeit warrants through the grand jury. These warrants were being given to him by a prosecutor who wanted nothing but revenge.

What pushed Sheriff Joe Arpaio is when the two diligent men reported that media personalities, be they writers or editors were a target of a special prosecution group or team which made the grand jury. This was published in the Phoenix New Times. The sheriff had favor with the authorities. This is how he even got his seat after his term was far over.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been letting in the public on secrets of how the Latinos and the Hispanics were being treated when they were detained. Arresting someone due to somewhat suspicion was not reason enough to detain someone. It is not only inhumane but also unconstitutional. Learn more:

Jim Larkin, as well as Michael Lacey, were released twenty-four days after detention. Due to the unlawful act, the two filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The lawsuit was listened to and was settled at three million, seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

In the course of the same year,2013, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was convicted of criminal contempt. The two former executives of Village Voice Media, Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey, have formed a special fund. It is christened Frontera Fund. This fund is used to aid organizations that care for the rights of immigrants as well as to the immigrants themselves. They used the money that the Joe Arpaio had paid them to start this fund. It is however limited to Arizona. Not only have they done this philanthropic deed but also intend to instigate a website that they have called, Front Page Confidential.

The website aims at covering possible ultimatums to free speech in Arizona as well as in the United States of America. This website gets over fifty-six million viewers on a monthly basis. This has made them get honors after honors in the journalism field of work. One of the awards is the coveted Pulitzer Prize.

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