About Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s Career
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are influential journalists who hail from Arizona. The two went to Arizona State University but dropped out in the 70s to focus on media work at the Phoenix New Times Publication. Michael Lacey took over as the executive editor while his partner Jim Larkin took the role as the head of advertising.
The publication focused on politics and the social issues in the surrounding community which had a positive impact on the paper as its demand increased. Also, the New Times Paper acquired Westword which was a weekly article in 1983 leading to a conglomerate of 17 newspapers of similar content. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Moreover, on October 18, 2007, both Larkin and Lacey were arrested for publicizing in the Phoenix New Times about grand jury subpoenas who targeted journalists. The arrest was instituted by Joe Arpaio who was the sheriff in charge of Maricopa County, Arizona. However, the two were later released after 24 hours due to public demand.
At the time of their arrest, Lacey was the CEO while Larkin was the editor of the Village Voice Media publication. Before their arrest, the two had published regarding the grand jury in the Village Voice newspaper without knowing that they were under investigation by the grand jury.
About Arpaio Malpractices and Corrupt Leadership Style
Joe Arpaio was Maricopa County’s sheriff in Arizona whose tenure in office lasted for 24 years. He won six elections consecutively from 1992. His rule in the sheriff’s office was marked by racial discriminations against Latinos, corruption, and the inhuman treatment of the inmates in Tent City.
During his tenure, Joe Arpaio had many cases regarding the legal clauses in the U.S. Constitution that he flouted. An instance is where Judge Murray Snow pointed out that the detainment of immigrants was not supported by the constitutional law as there was no evidence of their immigration status. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
What’s more, Joe Arpaio warnings about violating the immigrants’ rights were done without the public’s knowledge on many occasions before a lawsuit was filed against him over a decade ago.
The lawsuit unveiled the status of the prisoners who were held at Tent City where Joe Arpaio was charged with breaching the human rights of various immigrant groups which mainly included Latinos.
Nonetheless, Joe was unshaken about the whole ordeal and continued with his corrupt ways of discrimination against the Latinos until a public outcry finally reached the reporters who highlighted Arpaio’s unfair rule.
Further, with the public anger saw the two Journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey expose Arpaio corrupt leadership through their publication. They revealed all his dirty schemes in their newspaper, the Phoenix New Times, which was what saw them arrested under Arpaio’s instructions.
Nevertheless, Larkin and Lacey’s arrest led to all other local newspapers highlight on the scandals that happened in Maricopa County, which consequently led to the Melendres lawsuit against Arpaio.
Again, the charges pressed against Arpaio were due to contempt of court. However, president Trump pardoned the corrupt leader in a move that Lacey believes was Arpaio’s exit strategy to endorse president trump so that he would be granted the favor of getting pardoned for his offenses.
In addition, Joe Arpaio’s groundless arrest led the two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, awarded $3.7 million where they used the funds to establish Frontera Funds used to support Latinos and other immigrants in Arizona.