In October 2017, Susan Bolton, a US District Judge acquitted Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County following a directive from President, Donald Trump. Joe Arpaio was the Sherriff who was responsible for the wrongful arrest and detaining of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin are two great media personalities who were arrested for publishing an article exposing Joe’s misdeeds.
Following his pardoning, Lacey and Larkin were furious and displeased. They condemned President Donald Trump for doing such a thing. They also blamed the judicial system stating that it had failed and it was a total injustice for all the things Joe Arpaio did. They believe this a move by Trump to gain supporters and it was truly wrong and Joe Arpaio had to pay for everything he did.
Jim Larkin, a civil rights activist and a great media personality was born in Phoenix and attended the Arizona State University for sometime before dropping out. While in campus, Jim Larkin met Michael Lacey and they became close.
Larkin and Lacey teamed up to form the Phoenix New Times. This was a weekly paper published to address a wide range of issues.
At that time, Jim Larkin was the head of advertising and Michael Lacey the executive editor. The two worked hard every single day to make the paper better and better. Within no time the paper’s popularity grew across the nation.
In 1983 in a move to expand, Lacey and Larkin purchased “Westwood.” Thereafter the brand continued to grow to where it is today a huge media house working alongside the big names in the industry like LA Weekly and Miami News Times. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The two continued to write and publish stories through their media channel until their work suddenly cane to a stand still fir sometime. It was on October, 2017 when armed police officers from Maricopa County arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. This was after Phoenix Times News published numerous stories about him and his misdeeds while in office. Some of the misdeeds included financial irregularities and overall mismanagement of the office.
They were arrested and jailed but in less than 24 hours they were released and charges dropped following a large public outcry. Thereafter, there was a long court battle that resulted in them receiving $3.7 million as compensation. They used to the money to set up Frontera Fund to help the Hispanic community and fight for their rights who for a long time they said had been going through a lot of abuse and discrimination.
Formed by Lacey and Larkin, the Frontera Fund is an organization driven towards fighting for equality for the Hispanic community. Specifically, the Frontera Fund was formed to fund old and new groups of attorneys who specialize in advocating for the civil, human and migrants’ rights.
Lacey and Larkin are also the founders of the Phoenix New Times. Over the years, they have invested a lot of resources, money and time in the media industry. As a result, they have risen to the top and are known for the commendable work they do.