Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey spoke out against President Donald Trump’s decision to offer a pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It was 10 years ago that the pair of men were awoke from their beds only to be carried out of their homes and placed in jails.
The pair of men would be taken to separate jails and were placed there for 2 days before being released by a judge who called the arrest unjudicial.
The two men had opted to disclose information that had pertained to a grand jury investigation and this release of information had landed the two men in jail. During this time period, the Michael Lacey was running the Village Voice Media news as the executive editor. Jim Larkin was the CEO of the company. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
On the day of their arrest, the pair had released a story which concerned a probe by the grand jury. The Phoenix New Times publication had released the story concerning the sheriff. The sheriff was said to have rigged the arrest because of the fact that he was being ousted about his wrong doings while in office, that dated all the way back to his days of running for sheriff in the year 1992.
In more recent times, a new story was ran in the Front Page Confidential. The writer was Stephen Lemons. During this article, the writer discussed the difficult times by the two men who wrote the original stories ran about the sheriff.
In the recent articles, they addressed the stories that were ran once already about the sheriff. It discussed the number of inmates who had died while in jails, about how the mothers who were giving birth would be shackled to their beds and the one story that got attention that discussed his presance surrounding tent city. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
As soon as the stories were run in the newspaper about the sheriff by Lacey & Larkin, the next big story that would loom over his head would be about the two men that he ended up seeking out against with a vendetta where the newspaper men were concerned.
This is not where the story ends however. Not only did he have a problem with the newspaper men but he also held a distinct hate towards the Latino’s who worked and lived within his jurisdiction.
When the men were arrested and imprisoned for just two days, it was later ruled that their first amendment was violated. The news of their story did not just shake Arizona to their core, it also made national headlines.
It was just 24 hours after the release of the story, the men were informed that their cases had been dropped and a news conference surrounding their stories was addressed.
Lacey & Larkin would end up filing suit against the county and later won 3.75 million dollars through a settlement. The money that they won was used as a way to bring awareness to nonprofits and to begin the Frontera Fund.
This fund is now being used to make sure that migrants and even immigrants are protected.