When Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio some of this notorious sheriff’s victims spoke out. This included the co-founders of Front Page Confidential, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. It was ten years ago that their rights were violated by Arpaio who had them arrested for writing an article about a grand-jury investigation.
Ten years ago they ran a newspaper chain named Village Voice Media. Jim Larkin was the company’s chief executive officer while Michael Lacey was the executive editor. The article in question appeared in the Phoenix New Times. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737 and http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
The real reason that Sheriff Joe Arpaio had them arrested was that they had exposed many misdeeds in his department going back to when he was first elected in 1992. A new article in Front Page Confidential written by Stephen Lemons goes into depth on the history of Larkin and Lacey’s relationship with Arpaio.
It also details some of the many misdeeds that Arpaio committed against other people. This includes people being detained dying in his jails and pregnant women being shackled to a bed when giving birth.
Arpaio was well known for his mistreatment of Latinos and not respecting any of their rights.
It was the lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio that ultimately led to him being convicted by a judge by refusing to stop targeting Latino drivers. He had been ordered by a judge to stop doing this and stop ordering his deputies to do so as well.
Instead, Arpaio ignored the judge and kept on doing this behavior. When brought into court over this matter he claimed ignorance which the judge refused to believe. He was convicted but unfortunately the next day Trump pardoned him. Read more:
Jim Larkin was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He was attending Arizona State University when he decided to drop out and start a campus newspaper. He did so along with Michael Lacey and they published on a weekly basis.
The reason they started this newspaper was that all of the local papers in town were ultra-conservative and had been painting student antiwar protests as Unamerican.
Along the way, Jim Larkin handled the advertising side of the company. He covered many political and social issues over the years and the readership of the newspaper gradually grew impressively. When they sold their company in 2012 Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had nine million readers of their print version and 56 million people a month reading their online version.
Michael Lacy grew up in Newark, N.J. He decided to attend Arizona State University after graduating from high school. He led New Times as the executive editor. He says that their publication was issued free of charge to students who could read the truth about what was happening on campus and in Tempe. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
His writing led to the New Times becoming one of the most prominent alternative newspapers in the United States.
He, along with Larkin, won a $3.75 million settlement for their arrest which resulted in them giving the money to a new organization they created, Frontera Fund, which is used to defend the civil rights of others.