In 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began what would result in a half decade long legal battle against Maricopa County. In 2013, Lacey and Larkin, business partners, were awarded $3.75 million.
The lawsuit was the result of Maricopa County’s Sheriff to silence the free press. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were publishing revealing information about Joe Arpaio – the sheriff. Arpaio obviously didn’t like the contents of the articles, which is understandable.
What isn’t understandable is how he decided to handle the situation. Arpaio sent his deputies in unmarked SUVs to arrest Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin; arresting someone for what is published in a newspaper is a first amendment right violation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and https://michael-lacey.com/press/
“We were a constant thorn in his side,” Jim Larkin admitted. “I think that’s why Michael and I were arrested.” The two journalists had been investigating Arpaio for years prior to their arrest.
Arpaio has never been one to abide by the supreme law of the land. Ever since he took office in 1992 he has attempted to silence and oppress everyone that got in his way. He was Sheriff of Maricopa County for two decades, but once word got out on a national platform that Arpaio was corrupt, he was voted out of office.
“It ends up with contempt of court because he ignored a judge’s instruction,” said Lacey. “As opposed to being held accountable for the people were killed, the people who were tortured, the prisoners who were abused.” Joe Arpaio’s history of mistreatment for prisoners is well known. Lacey believes Arpaio should be held accountable for the unjust treatment of prisoners being held in Arpaio’s jails.
Joe Arpaio was recently saved by President Donald Trump. Another illegal arrest he committed in 2007 resulted in criminal contempt of court charges against Arpaio. Arpaio was relieved when President Trump extended a pardon to him. Arpaio took the pardon, and now his victims are livid.
Michael Lacey attributes the pardoning to Trump’s dwindling pool of supporters. “Trump’s approval rating is down around 30 percent, and that 30 percent is going to like what he did,” Lacey said.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey met in college where they collaborated on a school newspaper. The project was so successful that they no longer had a need of college; the journalists dropped out to join the newspaper industry.
It wasn’t long until Lacey and Larkin had purchase “Phoenix New Times,” the paper that they used to give Arpaio such a hard time.
Since the lawsuit, they have sold their paper in order to start a couple of new organizations.
The Frontera Fund is a charity that assist citizens and residents of Arizona. Lacey and Larkin, through their new charity, support a variety of causes, but they mostly relate to Hispanics.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin wouldn’t be journalists if they weren’t still in the newspaper industry. They have created Front Page Confidential to be a more direct approach to political activism. Front Page Confidential publishes content relating to politics and constitutional right violations.