Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, was once again thrust into the spotlight after receiving a presidential pardon from President Donald Trump. Over the years, Joe Arpaio has been in the media a number of times; usually for discriminatory practices, and general misconduct within the Sheriff’s Department.
One of the most notable feuds in Joe Arpaio’s career occurred between him, and two of America’s most prominent newspapermen; Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. While the issues between Joe Arpaio and the duo of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had been building since he the former sheriff had become an elected official, it was ten years ago that the mutual disdain between sides took a turning point for each party involved. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested at their home in Phoenix, AZ on the orders of Joe Arpaio for allegedly revealing sensitive information regarding a grand jury at the time. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey did mention that they, themselves, were being investigated by the grand jury.
At the time of the arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were still very heavily involved with the goings on at New Times, with Jim Larkin holding the position of Chief Executive Officer, while Michael Lacey worked as the Executive Editor for Village Voice Media. The charges were dropped in less than 24 hours due to the fact that the arrest was a clear violation of the constitutional rights of the two newspapermen.
Despite this fact, the fight was very far from over. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would spend the next five years battling Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, eventually receiving a substantial award of $3.75 million.
This was used to start the Frontera Fund, which is dedicated to upholding and protecting the rights of the people Sheriff Arpaio criticized the most, immigrants. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was not elected for another term, and many contribute his unlawful practices to being the catalyst for his failure to secure another term. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
In the wake of Joe Arpaio’s recent pardon by the President of the United States, a member of the team at Front Page Confidential, revisited the issues surrounding Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the community that he abused.
Stephon Lemons, provided an in-depth profile of Joe Arpaio’s history with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, detailing issues regarding the concentration camp-like conditions of “tent city,” his well-documented discrimination of minorities, and the exorbitant amount of people who have died while in custody.
In 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would publish their inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times, setting the stage for what would eventually grow to be a conglomerate and international powerhouse.
In 1983, what started as a small newspaper that was created in response to the conservative coverage of the Vietnam War being presented on the campus of Arizona State University, had blossom considerably, as Larkin and Lacey acquired 17 additional magazines that helped grow their brand across the globe.