The President of the United States, Donald Trump, recently issued a pardon for one of the most controversial figures in recent history; former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.
This recent move by President Trump has caused a considerable amount of outrage amongst many of the locals, as well as two of his most well-regarded foes, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The disdain between Joe Arpaio and the prominent duo of newspapermen initiated almost from the beginning of Sheriff Arpaio’s first term. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/
While this longstanding feud had been brewing for quite some time, it was ten years ago that tempers began to flare, resulting in one of the most egregious acts committed by a law enforcement officer. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were ousted from their homes in Phoenix, AZ and were being accused of publishing a story regarding undisclosed information about a grand jury.
This maneuver by the former sheriff was clearly a violation of the duo’s constitutional rights, and it was later discovered that the reason for the arrest was due to the fact that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had regularly published work in the Phoenix New Times that exposed many of the questionable and unethical practices of Joe Arpaio and the entire Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Due to the nature of the arrests, prosecutors quickly dismissed the charges and the case was closed within a 24-hour period. At the time of the arrest, Michael Lacey was the Executive Editor of the Village Voice Media sector, while Jim Larkin was the Chief Executive Officer. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Recently, a member of the Front Page Confidential family, Stephon Lemons, revisited the issues concerning Joe Arpaio’s time as the Sheriff of Maricopa County. During his recap, Mr. Lemons discussed the controversy surrounding Joe Arpaio’s own “tent city,” as well as his mistreatment of Latino Americans in the area and the undisclosed number of people who died while in the custody of his department.
Ironically, it was Joe Arpaio’s ongoing feud with Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, combined with the Melendres v. Arpaio case that directly led to his demise. After over five years, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin won their lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office and were awarded a sum of $3.75 million.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would go on to use the money awarded to them to found the Frontera Fund, which uses its resources to fight for and protect the rights of immigrants in the community.
Despite the fact that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sold their stock in the company to several longstanding executives of the company, their legacy is one that is unlikely to diminish in the near future.
Their publications, including LA Weekly and the Village Voice, have received a number of honors and awards throughout the years and have been noted for their incredible investigative reporting, as well as their high standard of quality in terms of writing style.
Although Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have stepped away from the New Times brand, they continue to dabble in several forms of media, including FrontPage Confidential.