Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey
In the wake of President Trump’s recent pardoning of the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, former newspaper magnets, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, have expressed a general sentiment of disappointment to go along with the outrage they have expressed during their longstanding feud.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been no stranger to controversy, racking up a considerable amount since he was elected to office in 1992, but the support of the President of the United States is not something that many should be shocked about. President Trump has been quite outspoken about his support of Sheriff Joe Arpaio prior to being elected and the former sheriff publicly supported trump during his campaign as well.
Despite the fact that Joe Arpaio was recently pardoned after being ousted by a judge for criminal contempt of court for actions he committed during the Melendres v. Arpaio trial, it was those actions, as well as his repeated brushes with Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, that ultimately led to his fall. While still acting sheriff, Joe Arpaio decided to have Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey arrested after one of their publications allegedly disclosed confidential information regarding the state of a grand-jury investigation.
This action, which clearly violated the constitutional rights of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, eventually led to them winning a decision regarding their unlawful arrest in which they were awarded $3.75 million in damages.
After winning their decision against Joe Arpaio and the Sheriff’s Department of Maricopa County, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey put their funds to use, choosing to start the Frontera Fund; a new non-profit organization that focuses on supporting and enforcing the rights of immigrants. The ordeal involving Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey, and Joe Arpaio, while spanning decades, took an additional five years in court before the duo would receive their due justice.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the former heads of the Phoenix New Times, and a number of other highly regarded publications, and while their vast empire reached new heights when they decided to sell their stock in 2012, their first publication got its start on the campus of Arizona State University in 1970. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Michael Lacey was already a dropout but decided to start the company with the help of two other students at Arizona State, and with the help of his business partner Jim Larkin, was able to get it off the ground, creating a steady audience. In 1983, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would take their publication to the next level with the purchase of Westword; a local new-and-arts weekly print publication. Shortly thereafter, their empire would expand to over 17 publications, including the Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Miami New Times.
These acquisitions would make Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s New Times brand a national powerhouse, spanning from coast to coast. At the time of their exit from the company, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had created and built a highly-recognized set of publications that were known for their in-depth reporting and journalistic honors.