Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the two individuals behind the founding of the village voice Media in 1970. It acts as an alternative newspaper that serves Phoenix, Arizona with authentic information that they should not miss up on.
Lacey and Larkin are known to be the first and only journalists to be arrested and detained for what they have written and hyped to their intended audience. Since the founding of the Village Voice Media, it was able to receive its fair share in legal battles. However, the tide flipped in 2001, and the two journalists were arrested for going against the grand jury secrecy laws by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The case was, however, a stepping stone for the two journalists after their case was dropped by the county attorney, Andrew Thomas.
The dropping of the case made them able to continue their career on a long-term basis except that they had to watch their operation so that they could not` face similar charges.
In retaliation for what had happened, Lacey and Larkin sued Arpaio, Dennis Wilenchik and Thomas for having gone against their first amendment rights and abuse of power. On the contrary, it is found that there was unnecessary to proceed with arrest since Wilenchik did not liaise with the grand jury. Read more: Michael Lacey | Mathalliance and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia
The Settling of the Case
The case was then settled by Maricopa and Lacey, and Larkin received $3.75 million. They used that amount to support the Frontera fund that was intended to support the Hispanic Community of Phoenix.
The Frontera fund would also be used to support the groups which are formed with the aim of advocating for the civil and human rights especially the immigrants. The Frontera fund would also be used to ensure that the freedom of speech is protected so that citizens are not denied their rights.
Lacey and Larkin faced rough moments when trying to advocate for the human rights especially the immigrants. In that manner, they decided to further their primary duty by supporting groups that have the same intention. The Frontera fund has always been there to ensure that people who do not have their voices to fight for their rights are equally represented.
The existence of the Frontera fund has contributed greatly toward protecting the immigrants from facing discrimination by various groups and companies in the US. Through Lacey and Larkin, the immigrants can be sure to lead a comfortable life and carry out their duties on fairgrounds.