Joe Arpaio, whose list of alleged crimes is near limitless, was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump. After confessing to using racial profiling, a judge ordered Arpaio, who was Sheriff of Maricopa County, to cease the enforcement of immigration laws. Arpaio disobeyed the judge and continued to terrorize the Hispanic residents of Arizona. He was immediately charged with contempt of court and convicted in July of 2017.
Arpaio recently sat down for an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber. In the interview Arpaio claimed innocence even though he accepted the pardon, which Ari explained is itself an admission of guilt.
The former co-owners of The Phoenix New Times know first hand about the immoral actions committed by Joe Arpaio. After the duo published material that meant to expose Joe Arpaio as a criminal, Arpaio broke the law once more when he arrested them, a violation of their first amendment rights.
Lacey and Larkin didn’t take their victimization in stride. Instead, they sued the county and were eventually awarded a near 4 million dollar restitution. The two used the money to create two new organizations.
The two journalist sold their newspaper and ventured into unfamiliar territory. They wanted to assist the community that Joe Arpaio had been tearing apart, so they created The Frontera Fund. The fund aims to assist the Hispanic community of Arizona – the target of Arpaio’s immoral actions. Lacey and Larkin will work in collaboration with other such charities to provide knowledge and better lives for Hispanic residents.
Their altruism doesn’t stop there. They created a brand new paper with the intention of educating readers on topics such as human rights, civil rights, migrant rights and constitutional violations. After seeing the damage Arpaio has done since his election in 1992, Larkin and Lacey now strive to correct it. Their new paper is called Front Page Confidential.