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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: Turning Jail Time into Charity

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are journalists who were arrested on October 18th, 2007 by deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office. Acting on orders from Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the deputies seized the men from their homes in the evening and took them to separate prisons where they were held for 24 days on charges of obstructing a Grand Jury investigation.

The two journalists has indeed reported on an Arpaio-ordered secret Grand Jury, but the two didn’t find out what the Grand Jury’s purpose was. It turns out that the purpose was to investigate Larkin and Lacey to find anything to throw them in jail over. Arpaio was upset at the two for reporting on his misdeed as a sheriff and wanted them out of the way.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey co-own Village Voice, a media company. Village voice in turn owns, among others, the Arizona newspaper Phoenix New Times. They had published several stories on Arpaio in the paper, including the one about the secret Grand Jury. They alleged- with proof- that Arpaio was running his sheriffs department illegally. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

He was detaining U.S. citizens over their immigration status, racially profiling any who looked Latino and had a horrendous record of prisoner treatment. Arpaio denied these allegations while secretly seeking to imprison Larkin and Lacey to silence them.

The two journalists were in jail for 24 days before a judge ordered their release and the charges dropped. Arpaio’s Grand Jury was disbanded as it was formed under false pretenses and the two were sent home. They sued the county and won $3.7 million.

The $3.7 million settlement went into forming the Frontera Fund, a group dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Latinos and others. Larkin and Lacey didn’t want to keep the money, but rather put it back into the community that Arpaio had done so much damage to.

Eventually Arpaio was found guilty of charges against him. He was then pardoned by President Donald Trump. Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term in Maricopa County, losing the elected seat he had held constantly since 1992.

The people of Maricopa had seen enough and weren’t too happe about the county settlement. Since this loss Arpaio has announced his bid to run for the U.S. Senate from Arizona as a Republican. Trump has endorsed him for the seat, as Arpaio did for Trump early in his presidential bid.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/

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Bob Reina: He’s Going To Stand By His Beliefs

Bob Reina is a person with strong beliefs and that is a good thing. In the world today, we could use more people with strong beliefs and strong convictions. One of those beliefs is that no one should be unhappy. A lot of people feel like they are stuck in life and there is truly no way out for them. They don’t need to feel that way anymore. They have choices and they have options thanks to Bob Reina and thanks to Talk Fusion, the video communications company. They have been making this happen since 2007, and they have only been growing since then over the past decade.

 

Bob Reina believes in the growth of an individual. So often in life, people are going through the motions and they don’t even realize it. They have been doing it for so long, it seems like second nature to them. They don’t know any other way and they don’t know how to change the pattern. The first step, of course, is waking up and realizing what the issue is and what went wrong. Maybe they were too focused on money and they forgot about their happiness along the way. Bob Reina is here to show people they can be happy and they can make money too. They have a say in their life after all.

 

Talk Fusion offers them video newsletters, video conferences, video chats, and video emails. All of this is set up for people to get themselves out there and let the world find out what they have to say. Every single person is unique and there are no two people that are alike. Bob Reina is fully aware of this, and he wants to make sure that people get to embrace what is most important to them. If they are big on reviewing films and love movies, they can get a ton of people watching them. They make money off this and it also allows them to do something they truly love and care about at the end of the day. That is winning in every sense of the word.

 

Bob Reina is winning with the animal lovers after his one million dollar donation to the Tampa Bay Humane Society. Learn more: http://jimmyezzell.com/who-is-bob-reina/