When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were working as reporters, they found information about their local sheriff that they thought the public deserved to know. As an official, they felt that he needed to be exposed for the corrupt things that went on with the department.
For that reason, they made sure that they published the information that they found so that people would not have to worry about not knowing the secrets that the sheriff had. It was something that was difficult for people to be able to get but also something that made the sheriff’s office realize that what they were doing was wrong. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
The sheriff eventually found out that the information had been published and it made him look bad. He had his department arrest the men illegally and try to charge them with a crime that they didn’t do. The press has a right to freely publish any information which they have obtained legally (which the men had) and arresting them for it was a direct violation of their own human rights. It also went against the constitutional rights that the men had since they were in the United States when this happened.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided that they would fight the case. They knew that they would be able to do this because they had a lot of money and because they were confident that they didn’t do anything wrong.
This was something that they had been doing for years and never once had they been charged and sentenced for crimes that were associated with them doing things like publishing information about different things in the corruption of law enforcement facilities. They made the decision to fight it and they were able to win thanks to the fact that they really didn’t do anything wrong. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
One thing that the men knew is that they didn’t want anyone else to have to deal with the same problems that they did. They also knew that some people would not be able to fight the charges in the way that they did.
Jim and Michael got a huge settlement from the sheriff’s office for the damages that they had to deal with as a result. Instead of using the settlement for their own good, they decided to create the Frontera Fund for the good of everyone else who may have to deal with human rights violations in the future.