U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has validated the pardon of Joe Arpaio by President Donald Trump. Aside from proving that the justice system is a joke, the pardoning has one purpose: to satisfy Trump’s fan-base.
“Trump’s approval rating is down around 30 percent,” said Michael Lacey, one of the victims of Arpaio. “And that 30 percent is going to like what he did.” he explains.
Along with Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey was arrest for an article that they wrote in their newspaper, Phoenix New Times. The two had been publishing investigative pieces on Arpaio for years, but Arpaio finally believed he had found a way to arrest them when they published content pertaining to court issued subpoenas.
Ultimately, a judge decided that a subpoena recipient has the right to publicly discuss the material in a subpoena. All charges against Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were dropped, and Lacey and Larkin decided to sue. Their efforts were successful, and they were awarded $3.75 million.
“We were a constant thorn in his side,” said Jim Larkin “I think that’s why Michael and I got arrested.” he proclaimed.
Arpaio’s lack of awareness towards the constitution isn’t only reserved for journalists. For years, Arpaio has targeted the Hispanic community. Lacey says that Arpaio’s persecution of Hispanics didn’t begin until 2005.
Previously, Arpaio tried other methods to make a name for himself. Only a year after getting elected he installed what he called a concentration camp in the middle of the Arizona desert. Prisoners in his custody had been beaten, tortured, chained to beds, killed, and committed suicide. Many believe that the charge of criminal contempt of court wasn’t enough.
For these reasons, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have taken the money received from the settlement and put it towards altruistic causes. The Frontera Fund was created as a counterweight to the damage caused by Joe Arpaio and other politicians like him. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter
The Frontera Fund is a fundraising organization that works along-side a large variety of charities. The Frontera Fund works with organizations like ACLU of Arizona and The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, to provide information and better lives for the immigrant community in Arizona.
After the lawsuit was settled, Lacey and Arpaio sold the Phoenix New Times in order to focus all of their efforts on a new paper. Front Page Confidential was created with the intention of educating and informing the American citizens.
The newspaper publishes all of its content with the intention of informing its readers of important matters relating to civil rights, migrant rights, and politicians. With Arpaio announcing his plan to run for Senate in 2018, Front Page Confidential will be just one of the organizations standing in his way.
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