The story of Larkin and Lacey’s wrongful arrest is known to many. Their arrest caused a huge splash, and not many viewed the arrest as justified. This led to the two executives released.
There has been some bad blood between the two Village Voice Media executives and Joe Arpaio even before he ordered their arrest. Arpaio who had been re-elected six times as the county sheriff and had been in the system for 24 years, and was well known for his racial profiling way of handling the office.
Joe Arpaio did anything in his power to act upon illegal immigration. In his bid to combat this, Joe and his office went overboard to violating people’s civil rights especially the Latinos and Hispanics. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
The racial profiling was the sheriff’s game to practice the law. The detention of Latinos and other immigrants led to multiple cases against him, and in 2011, District Judge Murray Snow intervened citing the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office did not have sufficient grounds to treat and detain the immigrants the way they had been doing. Despite the court’s intervention, Arpaio remained adamant to his “course.” which resulted to his conviction of criminal contempt in 2013.
Arpaio’s refusal to follow the court order is what made Lacey and Larkin expose his methods severally, the two wrote on Arpaio’s wrong use of the law which led to their arrest.
After their release, they filled a strong suit against Joe Arpaio’s malpractices and corruption. However, Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump given the two have a history in the sense that Arpaio had been one of the most vocal supporters of President Trump.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Michael Lacey’s and Jim’s journey started after dropping out of school to publish the Phoenix New Times. The son of a construction worker, Lacey as the executive editor and Jim Larkin as the head of advertising worked hard to see the newspaper grow.
They covered several social and political issues in depth. Their continued passion and hard work led to the purchase of Westword in 1983. Westword was Denver’s news and weekly art paper which was among the several alternatives including LA Weekly and Village Voice.
The two exposed grand jury subpoenas which targeted the Phoenix New Times’ writers and editors which led to their arrest in 18th October 2007. Joe Arpaio was the man behind their arrest but released in less than a day following public outcry. Connect Jim Larkin on LinkedIn.
After their release, they filled a lawsuit which led to an investigation that revealed that the warrants used were counterfeit. As a result, the Maricopa County paid $3.75 million in 2013 for their wrongful arrest. Being who they are, Lacey and Larkin used the money to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to offer grants to migrant’s rights organizations in Arizona.
Even though the efforts of the two to see Joe Arpaio behind bars never yielded any fruits, the settlement money has helped them push their agenda. Lacey and Larkin have also started a website, Front Page Confidential which is all about the first amendment and covering threats to freedom of speech.