In the middle of the night during the middle of fall in 2007, Maricopa County Sheriff’s department filed into the homes of two men who contributed to stories ran in the Village Voice Media. The two men were taken by force from their homes in Phoenix and placed into unmarked SUV’s that took them to separate jails. They would later be booked into the jails by Joe Arpaio.

The men were under arrest by charges instigated through Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This sheriff was proclaimed as being one of the toughest sheriffs of all time. Due to the Phoenix New Times stories that were exposing his wrong doing’s, the sheriff was out to put an end to the stories that were running. There had been stories out about the sheriff however when the main print stories were published in actual print papers, the newspapers were quick to dismiss the stories.

The Phoenix New Times would go on record as stating the irregularities that would fall financially on the sheriff. With the stories of abuse going around, the sheriff was sure to put an end to all of them. With the sheriff on a manhunt, two men were soon to be feeling the wrath of the sheriff.

With the story that ran front cover on the Phoenix New Times, the story revealed the assault that took place on the illegal charges put in place breaking their first amendment rights. The attorney’s office was issuing grand jury subpoena’s that would ask about the people who wrote for the media as well as the readers who followed the stories being ran. Instead of giving in and giving them what they wanted, the two of them instead wrote a story about it. After the story was published, inmates would inquire as to what landed the pair of men in jail and Mike Lacey would reply, it was their writing that landed them in jail.

When the illegal holding of the two of them made headlines, the outpour of respect for the two men began to flood over the breaking of the first amendment. The illegal holding of the pair would cause a court case that would later land them $3.75 million dollars that would be used to form the Frontera Fund.

 

Rising Star: New Site Launch

Front Page Confidential is a new website that is published by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, and edited by Tom Finkel. The website offers news and commentary for every issue relating to free speech. Lacey and Larkin are also the famed founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The Fund is a organization that was started off of base capital earned from a lawsuit. The lawsuit had to do with how the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Sheriff Arpaio, tried to intimidate them out of utilizing their right of free speech.

 

The Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, attempted to arrest them in a very intimidating, dramatic manner. It was soon found that Arpaio went against the rules and really had no reason to treat Lacey and Larkin so harshly. Of course, he did have a reason in his head, though it wasn’t a lawful reason. For numerous years, Larkin and Lacey expressed disdainful views about Arpaio’s disappointing behavior, which annoyed Sheriff Arpaio. “America’s Toughest Sheriff” will always be in the minds of Larkin and Lacey because of all of the trouble that he has put them through. They have been writing about this man since the early 1990s, Their criticism of him increased even more after their arrests.

 

 

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