Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two of Joe Arpaio’s staunchest critics, were understandably discontent with the decision of President Donald Trump to pardon him from any prison time.
That decision became official with a ruling made by Sharon R. Bolton, United States District Judge. Michael Lacey spoke out to the media, calling the president’s decision to assist Joe Arpaio, “the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals.”
If anyone is familiar with the many crimes of the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, it would be Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who have been at odds with him virtually since the day he was first elected.
Through their publication, Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey regularly published content that rebuked Joe Arpaio’s unethical approaches to law enforcement. The issues between Phoenix New Times and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department finally crossed the line when Joe Arpaio had his deputies arrest Larkin and Lacey at their homes in unmarked police vehicles – allegedly in response to information they’d published in their paper.
This arrest was immediately deemed to be unlawful, and they were immediately released. A three-year court battle would follow, ultimately resulting in Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s award of $3.75 million.
Having already dropped out of Arizona State University, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey began to garner intense social and political feelings in regards to the Vietnam War, which had virtually split America into factions of pro-war conservatives, and a youth-dominant anti-war crowd.
Kent State University would undergo a tragedy in 1970 that pushed Michael Lacey, along with fellow newspapermen, Frank Fiore, Karen Lofgren, and Hal Smith, to create the first edition of Phoenix New Times.
This alternative newspaper immediately garnered the interest of the local community, and once Jim Larkin joined two years later, he would take control of the marketing aspects of the newspaper, in turn, growing its visibility by a significant margin. J. C. Penny played a strong role in the early visibility of Phoenix New Times, as they were the first major corporation to take advantage of the fledgling newspaper’s ad space, issuing full-page advertisements. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Although the 1970’s were rife with rocky experiences for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, they managed to survive, and by 1983, were actually flourishing. This is the year that they would purchase Patricia Calhoun’s news-and-arts publication, Westword, which circulated in Denver, CO.
This initial acquisition created a trend of fast-paced development for New Times Media, as they would go on o purchase reputable newspapers such as Nashville Scene, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Miami New Times, and Village Voice.
The long-form journalism that the publications of New Times Media became known for, would help them to garner a number of prestigious awards and accolades, most notably in 2007, when they received a Pulitzer Prize.
After four decades, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to pursue new endeavors, and after selling their part of New Times Media, took a brief hiatus, before rejoining journalism with the creation of the website, FrontPage Confidential, which follows many of the standards regarding First Amendment Rights, that were first implemented with New Times Media.