When Joe Arpaio received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, it came of no surprise to his detractors when Susan R. Bolton, United States District Judge, made it official.
Much to the chagrin of his longtime foes, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former head of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department would serve no time for the myriad of crimes that he committed during his terrible reign.
In speaking with the media, Michael Lacey shared his sentiments regarding the controversial decision, referring to President Trump as a “moron,” while also delivering a list of the many crimes that “Sheriff Joe” committed during his 24-year term.
Although the rift between Joe Arpaio and the newspapermen began at the onset of his time in office, it was a decade ago that the tensions finally came to a head. On his orders, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested in their homes, in what was mostly believed to be an unethical response to the honest coverage of the injustices the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. Learn more about Michael Lacey Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
While the arrest was immediately exposed to be bogus, it would kick off a three-year saga that eventually resulted in Larkin and Lacey receiving a substantial $3.75 million settlement.
As they have been dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of those that are violated, the used the monies to create the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which is dedicated to holding up that stance.
In 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were merely two college dropouts who were trying to make a name for themselves in the world of news media. Becoming disillusioned with the conservative coverage of many of the issues ravaging America, in particular, the Kent State Killings, Larkin and Lacey launched the inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times.
While Michael Lacey played the role of executive editor, Jim Larkin, his business partner, would handle the networking aspects of the company. Beginning as a free weekly newspaper, the content provided in the Phoenix New Times, quickly began to cement the paper as a force within the alternative community. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
After over a decade of steady growth amongst subscribers, Larkin and Lacey would acquire a number of publications throughout the United States, placing them under the New Times umbrella. Eventually, their roster would come to include several nationally recognized publications, including Miami New Times, LA Weekly, and Village Voice.
Many of these publications have been highly lauded for their impeccable investigative reporting, as well as their up-to-the-minute coverage of social nuances and culture.
After growing the company into a worldwide media juggernaut, having in excess of 60 million monthly subscribers, they decided to step away, choosing to sell their stake to a group of long-term executives.
Today, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey remain active, donating a large portion of their time to the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which was created with the settlement they received in winning their case against Joe Arpaio, and they recently reentered the world of news media by launching Front Page Confidential.