Larkin & Lacey

The article “The Enduring Sins of Joe Arpaio: Newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Speak Out in Response to Donald Trump’s Pardon of America’s Worst Sheriff” can be viewed at The editorial focuses on the response by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to the pardon of Joe Arpaio.

The journalistic piece discusses how in July 2007 Arpaio was found guilty of disregarding a 2007 lawsuit concerning racial profiling. It delves into details surrounding the case of Melendres v. Arpaio which lead to his incarceration based on the harassment of the Latino population. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

The article also states that Arpaio was eventually pardoned by the president and the actions and outcries received due to his pardon. One such action is that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin speak out about their feelings towards Arpaio. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

They tell how in 2007 Arpaio arrested two newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin co-owners and executives of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times.

The two newspapermen that had been investigating and uncovering scandals by Arpaio for his 24 years as sheriff. In the article the two men give details of corruptions that Arpaio committed while in office and about how their coverage of Arpaio had ultimately turned the reactions to the paper negatively and them not being invited to press events and barred from public records.

The two continued to uncover activity which lead to the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Included is that the men’s arrests were later found to be wrongful and they were released and later filed a lawsuit and won $3.7 million.

The money that they won was used to establish the Frontera Fund to support active non-profit groups towards the rights of Hispanics and Latinos.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-owners and executives of Village Media and Phoenix New Times. Michael Lacey lived in Newark, New Jersey before moving out to Arizona to attend Arizona State University.

Jim Larkin a native to Phoenix, Arizona meet Michael Lacey while attending the same university. The two met and decided to form the Phoenix New Times in 1972. A newspaper that would cover social and political issues.

Lacey would cover the editing side and Larkin the advertising side. The paper was such a success that they in 1983 acquired the Westword a news and arts weekly out of Denver and later went to own several other local newspapers. This lead to their eventual coverage of Joe Arpaio and the lawsuit that formed Frontera Fund.