Lacey and Larkin: The Pardon, The Aftermath and The Fight Continued

There are many factors that could push the country to its finest, but most of those factors involve the activism, patriotism and social advocacies of the people living in it.

In the case with the United States, one prime example of the a deliberate act of its citizenry to push for what is right is the legal story behind the Larkin, Lacey and Arpaio controversy, which dates back to about two decades ago.

The story may well have been elaborated in the news article from The News Version website, but it would suffice to say here some of the highlights.

For starters, it is in the article that it was revealed how Former Maricopa County Joe Arpaio went to the house of Lacey and Larkin and took the two journalists out of the house and detained them in prison for 24 days. This is not the first time that Arpaio showed an aggressive way of engaging with his duty as a police officer.

People over the years have complained about the notoriety of Arpaio in dealing with prison inmates, especially the Latinos and other immigrants at the Tent City.

In the case with Lacey and Larkin, his animosity against the two might have been rooted in the fact that Lacey and Larkin kept on reporting about the abuses that Arpaio had done or at least was accused of. Lacey and Larkin were once the active owners of The Village Voice media newspaper. In fact, Lacey was the executive editor and Larkin its CEO.

The two journalists featued Arpaio in their paper, including accusations of various abuse against women and immigrant inmates, which even US District Judge Murray Snow declared to be legally inadmissable. This may have been the case with Lacey and Larkin.

Because of the reports the two journalist wrote against Arpaio, the former sheriff found it frustrating and so he allegedly looked for ways to strike back. Accusing the two journalists of some contempt of court issue was the way, and was the reason he detained the two.

Fortunately, Lacey and Larkin got out of the 24 days of detention brought on by Arpaio, then filed a case against him, and won $3.75 million settlement money.

However, Arpaio won’t be serving time since President Trump just pardoned him. Larkin argued that this pardon was a way for the Trump administration to gain the voter base, appeal and support of the people who saw Arpaio as a hero.

The Aftermath

Right now, Lacey and Larkin are continuing the fight for Rights of Latino with the settlement money they won. They started the Frontera Fund, which would support organizations that push for the immigrant rights that have been diminished.

Lacey and Larkin are also back in their journalistic roots by starting a newspaper called Front Page Confidential, which is mainly a website that covers abuses to people’s free speech and rights from the First Amendment. All of these are efforts to fight the abuses and misdeeds of anti-immigrant attitudes of the government in the country.

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