Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two outspoken journalists who were co-founders of New Times Publication. Ten years ago saw the arrest of the two gentlemen in unclear circumstances under the former sheriff’s reign of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.
The case which was deemed as the Arpaio Saga came about after the New Times Newspaper published on the sins of Arpaio. What’s, more, Larkin and Lacey’s leadership at New Times was marked with continuous and persistent uncovering of the scandals that led to the end of Arpaio ending of his 24-year era as a sheriff.
Arpaio’s Rule in Maricopa County
Joe Arpaio’s tenure as a sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, was marked by a period of what seemed like an endless reign of an unstoppable villain. Arpaio first came to power as a sheriff in 1992 and reinvented himself as the toughest American sheriff before his arrest in 2007. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Nonetheless, after a decade of serving in jail, Joe Arpaio is now a free man due to an apparent pardon from his long-time friend who is none other than Donald Trump in what is believed to be a favor for a favor. It was evident that Arpaio campaigned for Trump which is what might have led to the pardoning the Arpaio. Susan R. Bolton, a U.S. district judge, confirmed it when she validated the pardon of the United States’ worst sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Again, as a result of his corrupt leadership ways, there was a diversion of more than $100 of jail funds, inmate’s suicides, the rise of sex-crime cases, beating deaths, ill-treatment of Latinos, and many other crimes.
Again, Even though the sheriff was convicted, Lacey and many other still believe that the justice system under-performed their duties as the ex-convict was only jailed for disregarding the judge’s order. He was not held responsible for the many deaths that occurred, the prisoner’s abuse, nor the torture that happened.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were business partners who formed the Phoenix New Times Publication after dropping out of Arizona State University in 1972. Lacey took the position of the executive editor while Larkin was in charge of advertising. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The duo grew their publication to reach many of its audiences by offering it for free where they majorly explored on social and political areas. Moreover, the paper was bought by Westword making it a fusion of the political and social exploring papers.
Furthermore, Larkin and Lacey got arrested on October 18, 2007, under the directives of Arpaio. The reason given for their arrest was unveiling in the Phoenix New Times that there were plans of offering subpoena to journalists and insult- related cases of the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, the business partners were released within 24 hours following a public uproar.
Also, it was discovered that the grand jury warrants were fake and were organized by Arpaio. As a result, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were awarded $ 3.75 million by the Maricopa County in 2013 to settle the lawsuit against them.
Additionally, from the money that the two received, they founded the Lacey, and Larkin Frontera Fund Targeted to Latin- American settlement in Arizona.