The two Phoenix Times owners and journalists continue to show their unrelenting spirit in fighting impunity and infringement of the rights of immigrants.
Larkin and Lacey aren’t giving up anytime soon if the latest comments by the journalist about Trump’s pardon action of Joe Arpaio are anything to go by. The two journalists, who once sued the rogue former Arizona Sheriff, continue to fault the system and the illegal actions of people in senior positions.
The case about Arpaio’s looming sentencing following his contempt of court orders in 2007 was nipped in the bud when President Trump decided to invoke his constitutional power of pardon to let the beleaguered former Arizona County Sheriff off the hook.
District Judge Susan R Bolt validated Trump’s pardon of the former sheriff in a ruling that rubbed those that endured Arpaio’s excesses the wrong way. Mr. Joe Arpaio was pardoned just in time to prevent his sentencing that was coming in a couple of weeks.
Brief Summary of Larkin and Lacey’s History
Larkin and Lacey became popular journalists when they started the Phoenix times shortly after they dropped out of Arizona State University. The two were, particularly, critical of the way the then County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ran the affairs of the county and handled immigrants of Latino origin. They always put Joe Arpaio on the spot over suspected corrupt deals that took place under his charge as the county sheriff.
The journalists ran the Phoenix Times which had become a force to reckon with in Arizona and beyond. They were courageous and fearless in their reporting of the graft by senior authorities.
Their stance against breaking the law and infringing on the rights of immigrants in Arizona County earned them some enemies at the helm of the county security management. In the fall of 2007, the two journalists were rounded up by Joe Arpaio’s men and handcuffed.
They were in their apartments when the arrests occurred. They were not immediately told what crime they had committed, but they were hauled into the cells anyway. Soon, word went round about the illegal arrests of Larkin and Lacey. There were demonstrations all over town, with people demanding the release of the two.
The journalists had to be released. Arpaio had no option. This time, it looked like he had bitten more than he could chew. Larkin and Lacey filed a suit against Mr. Joe Arpaio claiming wrongful arrest and infringement of their rights and freedoms. The court in Arizona ruled in favor of the journalists and directed. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
d the county sheriff to pay the journalists over $3.7 million in damages. Larkin and Lacey have dismissed the pardon action by Trump as a classic regrouping of brothers in crime. Mr. Lacey termed the action as a true union of two crooks.
Championing the Cause
Soon after Larkin and Lacey were awarded the amount to be paid by Joe Arpaio, they set up an organization they named The Frontera Fund. The fund is meant to help immigrants who were subject to abuse by authorities and whose rights were infringed. The fund also helped out with paperwork and representation in lawsuits.
The Frontera Fund is a visionary initiative that was founded with funds paid by the lead oppressor of the rights of the minorities in Arizona. Larkin and Lacey say that the misplaced and bad spirited pardon of Arpaio by Trump will not dampen their spirits to fight impunity and oppression of the minorities.