The Larkin and Lacey fund has dedicated the settlement money gotten out of their arrest case with Sheriff Arpaio towards funding of various migrant rights organizations within Arizona. The settlement worth $3.75milliion was a result of an October 18th midnight arrest and jailing carried out by Mr. Arpaio, the county sheriff for Maricopa.
This was after the pair revealed grand jury proceedings seeking reporter’s notes on the Sheriff. The Frontera fund seeks to support civil, human and migrant rights groups plus offer support on freedom of speech and participation in civic protests in Arizona including along the Mexican border.
Arrest and controversy
Maricopa county deputies sheriffs had Lacey and Larkin arrested on charges touching on revelation of information of a secret grand jury over investigation of New Time’s feud with the County sheriff, the feud has been long running since 2004 after publishing of the Sheriffs home address in a story run by the New Times, the story had touched on the sheriffs real estate deals that was being investigated by Maricopa’s Attorney office to see if the deals were criminal under Arizona’s state laws.
The two journalists other new paper, Village voice Media, was subpoenaed, with orders to produce all the documents they had in relation to the original article they had published. The order also demanded for information on web site traffic on articles mentioning Arpaio, included IP addresses for all visitors to New Times webpage and those they had prior visitation to since January of that year.
They were arrested after making the subpoena public by publishing it, the attorney dropped charges on the two the following day. In weeks after the arrests, association members of Alternative Newsweeklies to which New Times belongs as a member, provided links to Arpaio’s address in a show of solidarity with New Times.
Phoenix New Times filed a formal claim notice in February 2008 as per Arizona laws when one wants to sue officials of the government, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded $3.75 million by Maricopa County’s supervision Board as settlement for their lawsuit over false arrest by the County Sheriff.
Phoenix new times covers issues in Phoenix and Arizona, providing reviews on theater, art exhibitions and also offers concert listings for various music genres and also features Dan Savage, a relationship advice columnist who is nationally syndicated. It also runs an issue highlighting the best shops,nightclubs etc. in phoenix.
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