Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were paid over 3 million dollars from Maricopa County to settle a wrongful arrest lawsuit. The two men created an organization with the settlement money called the Frontera Fund. Ultimately the settlement money was put to good use. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would be the first to tell anyone that the money was not the reason for filing suit in the first place.
The two men were arrested in their homes in 2007. The arrest brought about a great deal of media coverage. It took six long years to settle the case however, Lacey and Larkin feel it was well worth the wait. Read more; Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The two men are thankful for First amendment rights which they believe helped them ultimately win their case. In addition, Village Voice Media Holdings played a significant role in this case due to their investigative reporting and media article writing techniques.
Village Voice helped Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin prevail. The Village Voice Media Holdings Group helped uncover indisputable evidence and proofs which weighed heavily in the favor of Michael Lacay and Jim Larkin.
Great injustices were revealed to the public through the efforts of this amazing investigative team. Also, a great many articles were written about the arrest of these two men which further helped bring additional media and public attention to their situation.
Lacey and Larkin strongly support laws pertaining to refugees and their rights under International Law. Those fleeing persecution from a foreign country should have the right to make a home within the United States. This was certainly an issue that was kept under wraps for decades until Lacey and Larkin brought attention to their injustice.
*A Positive End Result:
Today, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have brought much attention to problems concerning Immigration and Social Media causes. The Frontera Fund helps those who find themselves in a similar situation as these two men were in a decade ago. Thanks to Lacey and Larkin the Frontier Fund has monies available for anyone who feels they need to take their issue or case to a higher authority.
Lacey and Larkin have a web site that is updated on a regular basis. The web site provides a wealth of information up to and including details about the Frontera Fund.
Finally, sometimes it takes something bad to happen before enough attention is brought to the proper authorities and changes are eventually made. It was a six year journey for Lacey and Larkin but it paid off very well in the end.