The freedom of speech is something that Americans hold dear. It’s a part of what makes this country such a great and coveted place to live.
Yet, not everyone stands up for this right and others misunderstand and abuse it. The abusers take advantage of those who are ignorant to their rights.
One such case involved Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists and founders of a small news paper in their town. Now, Larkin and Lacey were exercising their rights. The were members of the press and had the right to produce their personal opinions about whatever they wished. The Sheriff of their town, on the other hand, had other ideas.
Apparently, the good sheriff had never heard of the first amendment. He arrested the pair in their sleep after they exposed the existence of grand jury proceedings that requested notes from reporters that wrote articles covering, you guessed it, the sheriff.
That was only the beginning. Following their arrest, the pair, who had spend their lives defending their first amendment rights, sued the county. They, of course, won a hefty sum of $3.71 million, which they used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
This organization helps to defend the rights of all Americans and immigrants alike. They strive for the preservation of justice and will help anyone in need.
Let this be a lesson to all Americans. If you don’t stand up for your rights, no one will. People will line up for miles around to walk all over you with smiles on their faces. It is our duty to make sure our rights are upheld and recognized. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Our troops died so that we could have them, so aren’t they worth defending? Before you turn over and take what the world wants to dish out, learn your rights.
Everyone should know what they can and cannot do in this country. No one has the right to physically harm you or any property whether it belongs to the state or an individual.
Those claiming to exercise their first amendment rights while participating in such tasks are ignorant. They don’t know the law any better than a child and should be scolded for it.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
Former Owners of the Phoenix New Times now own Front Page Confidential
Ever since Joe Arpaio was first elected as Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992, it was obvious how he would conduct business. In under a year Arpaio had already created a self proclaimed concentration camp. Hundreds of prisoners were housed in inhumane conditions in the middle of the Arizona desert for the good of prison overpopulation. According to the Phoenix New Times, Joe Arpaio has been intimidating his political opponents since the beginning in order to remain in office. Even though Joe Arpaio’s history of breaking the law is public record, it is unsuspecting that even he would try to silence the press but he did. In 2007, he arrest the two owners of the Phoenix New Times.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who had been investigating Joe Arpaio for years at the Phoenix New Times, were arrested in the early hours of the morning by deputies in unmarked SUVs. Under the orders of Joe Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin were shipped to separate facilities where they were held until their release was forced by newspapers all over the country. Papers such as the New York Times and USA Today are partially responsible for their release.
As free men, Lacey and Larkin sued, as any person would. They walked away nearly four million dollars richer and decided to put the money to good use. THey created The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential.
The Frontera Fund is a charity that works to assist the victims of Arpaio, but Front Page Confidential is where they continue their tactics in journalism. Ever since Joe Arpaio was pardoned by Donald Trump, Front Page Confidential has been where you can find the writings of Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey, and their staff. This new paper doesn’t merely focus on Arpaio, it features articles about political subjects all over the country.