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Larkin and Lacey: The Power of the Press

Arizona journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were using their position as co-owners of the Village Voice media outlet to try and make Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio a national figure and focal point of shame.

Larkin and Lacey ran stories about Arpaio and his deputies regular violation of civil and even human rights in the performance of their duty, specifically aimed against anyone who was, or appeared to be, Latino. From racial profiling to illegal detention, mistreatment of prisoners to illegal search and seizure, the Maricopa County sheriff’s office was accused of a variety of crimes in the press. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The nation wasn’t paying too much attention until Arpaio, thinking he had the answer to his Larkin and Lacey problem, ordered the two journalists arrested. He charged them with interfering in a Grand Jury investigation after Larkin and Lacey had ran a story about a secret Grand Jury that Arpaio had formed on false pretenses. Unknown to both men, the Grand Jury was actually formed to help Arpaio find- or invent- a reason to imprison the two and stop their attempts to expose Arpaio and his department.

With their jailing for exercising their rights under the first amendment, Larkin and Lacey got the attention they wanted on Arpaio. All it took was 24 days being imprisoned illegally, and the country was turning against Arpaio.

A judge dismissed all charges against Larkin and Lacey and set them free, also disbanding the Grans Jury they had reported on that was investigating them. After their release Larkin and Lacey sued the county, winning a sizable settlement. They used this settlement money to begin Frontera Fund, a civil rights advocacy non-profit focused on defending the first amendment rights of Latinos.

Arpaio was voted out of office in 2016, eventually facing charges himself. He was found guilty on several counts. However, before his sentencing, President Donald Trump used his pardoning power to set Arpaio free. Arpaio has since entered the national political scene, running for the Senate seat most recently held by John McCain.

Larkin and Lacey continue on as journalists, focusing much of their attention on defending the first amendment and speaking out against Arpaio and others like him. They staunchly oppose his Senate run, countering his struggling rallies and bogus claims with fact-checks and proof. It is their determination that the people of Arizona never forget Arpaio’s proven record of discrimination and bigotry.

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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Continue Fighting for Immigration Rights After Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio for Years of Unlawful Acts

Throughout American history, there have been a number of controversial pardons done on behalf of our presidents. The first pardon by president Trump issued to Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s toughest Sheriff who ran the city of Maricopa.

Despite Arpaio’s wide-spread notary, one of his many selfish acts includes the unfair conviction of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are owners of Village Voice. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

It all began Ten years ago Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio and his fellow agents wrongfully took away the two journalists then locked them away with charges for disclosing details pertaining to a grand jury investigation. Lacey and Larkin, executive editor and CEO of Village Voice Media newspaper, were unaware of the current investigation.

Arpaio had become increasingly infuriated in 1992 by the media coverage of overly aggressive tactics executed within his department. Were it was brought to light his infamous Tent City scandal, and orders targeting woman and immigrants. District Judge Murray Snow concluded that due to lack of evidence it was insufficient to detain immigrants on grounds of suspicion.

These reoccurring instances were addressed in 2011 when a lawsuit was filed against Sheriff Arpaio, which exposed the unlawful conditions inmates faced in Tent City. He was charged with violating the rights of immigrants, epically Latinos.

Those types of reoccurring occurrences were addressed privately for years until 2011 when a lawsuit was filed against the Sheriff exposing unlawful conditions inmates faced in Tent City. Sheriff Arpaio caught charges for violating human rights of Latinos and further immigrant groups established on the given information of Arpaio’s wrongdoings.

Arpaio continued being rebellious of his charges and kept his practices of encouraging his employees to racial profiling. Finally citizens started speaking up opposing Arpaio’s misuses of power that finally caught the attention of the media and reporters. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Facebook

This led to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin beginning to expose the sheriff to the American public. There were multiple times where they wrote about Arpaio and battled multiple times against the department.

Their voices caused them to get arrested in addition to them being the target of a special prosecution team who developed the grand jury that they decided publish about the same day.

The time that Lacey and Larkin were covering the stories of Arpaio, multiple other publications ignored Sheriff Arpaio completely. The scandal started appearing more often and gained national coverage when newspapers caught attention of Lacey and Larkin’s original works about Arpaio’s wrongful acts as Sheriff.

Lacey and Larkin were released from serving 24 days in jail after filing a lawsuit against Arpaio that exposed more info about his corruption and malpractices. The lawsuit concluded with a settlement of $3.7 million.After the settlement, Arpaio was not re-elected for a seventh term as Sheriff.

President Trump stepped in and made his first pardon for the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. Because of this pardon, President Trump prevented Arpaio from going to prison after he was involved in corruption for years. Even though Arpaio no longer holds the title of being sheriff, there are remaining obstacles that immigrants in the US face still to this day.

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Larkin and Lacey- Journalism with an Edge

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey represent courageous journalism at its best. Investigative news journalists have always been the target of corrupt people. Threats and intimidation are common problems encountered. It takes conviction of one’s beliefs to keep up the spirit of honest reporting, in the face of such challenges. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have staunchly stuck to their scruples and called out corruption in the form of former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pardon by president Donald Trump.

Joe Arpaio is the former sheriff of Maricopa region. He was well-known for his sadist approach to inmates during his time as jailor. He used torture, brutality as his methods for dealing with prisoners and indulged in acts against humanity as well. He created a tented area to house prisoners where the faced extreme heat conditions. Inmates were often denied necessary medical care and amenities.

Joe Arpaio was also biased against immigrants and racial minorities and often expressed his prejudice towards them. His cultivated approach of toughness and barbarity was brought to light several times by New Times reports.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey published about the shady real estate transactions of Joe Arpaio. Police officers soon arrested them for their bold news articles on Joe Arpaio. This arrest was a breach of democratic rights of these journalists and was resisted by the media.

The arrest was withdrawn. However, Larkin and Lacey counter-filed a case against Joe Arpaio. They later won the case and were given over 3. million dollars as compensation. They used this award money for the aid of the Hispanic population. This was done through the initiation of the Frontera Fund. These Hispanic sections had been unjustly targeted by Joe Arpaio and were victims of discrimination.

Lacey and Larkin have a long career in news publishing, spanning several decades. Michael Lacey entered the world of journalism in Arizona through his first publication called Arizona Times, which was rechristened as New Times soon after. The New Times was published once every week, starting in 1970. Jim Larkin from Phoenix joined Lacey’s team. Larkin’s entry helped New Times grow in numbers.

New Times continued to remain afloat even as other similar publications ceased to exist. New Times became a significant player in the world of journalism when they published a controversial piece on the alleged killing of a fellow journalist, Don Bolles. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

This news account catapulted New Times into a large scale publication with a renewed readership. The New Times not only publishes facts, but it also promotes art, music, food, and culture by giving these ample space on its pages.

The Phoenix New Times has now expanded into a widely read paper with several subsidiary periodicals, which include the LA Weekly and the Village Voice. The journalists of Larkin and Lacey owned publications have been the recipients of several awards over the years.

These include the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Pulitzer Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Livingstone Awards for Young Journalists, Journalist of the Year, and the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards.

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