Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey look back at Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s actions
The Frontera fund has been one of the most active advocates of Hispanic issues. It has built a reputation as a serious defender of their rights as well as ensuring that they get fair hearing whenever they are caught up in any situation especially immigration.
The Frontera fund has an interesting history started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former owners of the Phoenix new times. The duo were some of the most frustrated people when President Trump gave the sheriff a presidential pardon. The sheriff had been a direct contributor to the starting of the Frontera fund.
Back in 2007 after the duo had been intensively reporting on the misdeeds of the sheriff and his department he finally thought that he had them cornered and by issuing them with an overreaching subpoena he was sure it would go his way. The two proceeded to publish the contents of the subpoena, and this would lead to there immediate arrest at the stroke of midnight after the contents of the document appeared on the phoenix new times.
This arrest was the beginning of court battles pitting the two opposing parties against each other. The sheriff soon discovered how unpopular his move was when the outcry from the public from all over the country led him to release them and drop all charged that he had levied against them. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
The two were, however, to not let this injustice slide, they went back to court and sued the sheriff’s department for gross violations of there fundamental rights and there first amendment rights. The case went on for some years before the court of appeals finally ruled that indeed the sheriff was guilty of the violation of their first amendment rights.This meant that the county of Maricopa had to settle and settle they did offering the duo 3.75 million dollars the initial capital that was used to start the Frontera fund.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio ran a department that was corrupt and one that thrived on racial profiling, and this was the basis of Melendres v. Arpaio’s a case that has to date cost the Maricopa taxpayer 70 million plus. Judge Bolton found the sheriff guilty of fragrant racial bias and profiling and ordered a raft of measures to correct the same.
This was to be done under the watchful eyes of a monitor appointed by the court. The sheriff would never implement this changes which saw him taken back to court and on July 13 last year he was found guilty by judge G. Marry.
The president was on hand to intervene and grant him a pardon for a man the president long admired. This saved the sheriff from a potential six-month stint in jail. The alliance between the two was observed by Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin as a subversion of justice.
The two have spoken out against the same and stated that it was unfair to those who had over the years been wronged by the sheriff. The sheriff is today a free man but not retired as sheriff since he lost the election to a Democrat in the last elections.