As journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey spent a lot of time learning about the things that were going on in the world around them. They were not only journalists but they were also activists. They knew what they wanted and they worked hard to make sure they were getting it in every situation so they would be able to actually provide the help that other people needed.
Despite just being in a position where they could talk about things and expose issues in the community, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were able to actually make a lot of things better for people.
The men saw a lot of issues, especially in their hometown. Since they lived in a border city, they were close to the things that were going on in the world of immigration. They also knew there would be issues that could come from what they were doing because of exposing other people.
They didn’t want to cause problems but they also didn’t want others to realize they were going to work to continue exposing the issues that were at hand. For Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, this meant they had to try and make things better. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
The men exposed the sheriff in their hometown. The sheriff had seen a lot of issues and had not always handled them in the best way possible. In fact, he had a lot of corruption and that’s part of what made him one of the worst sheriffs the city had ever seen. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey knew this and talked about it.
The sheriff did not agree with them and thought they were just trying to throw them under the bus. He had them arrested on bogus charges and they had to go through the whole process of fighting it in court.
Since the men hadn’t done anything wrong and the sheriff had actually violated one of their constitutional rights. He had taken away their freedom of the press and that’s what made them able to fight the issues that were going on. He knew what he had done and had to pay up as a result.
The men were awarded over three million dollars for the issues that had come as a result of the charges the sheriff tried to put on them. They walked away with the money and started the Frontera Fund with it to help others.