In the wake of Joe Arpaio’s pardoning by President Donald Trump, and the ruling by U.S. District Judge, Susan R. Bolton, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, longtime foes of the former sheriff, as well as the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, took to the media to express their disdain with the decision, as well as to detail a condensed list of the many crimes committed by the elected official.
Joe Arpaio, known for his consistent violations of the human rights of Latino Americans throughout Maricopa County, as well as for his “concentration camp,” “tent city,” brought the rift with Phoenix New Times to a new low, when he had Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey arrested for an alleged leak of information regarding a grand jury that was investigating them.
The charges were proven to be bogus, and in less than 24 hours, after the district attorney refused to prosecute, the charges were dropped. This would lead to a three-year court battle between Joe Arpaio and the Phoenix New Times chiefs, in which Larkin and Lacey would emerge victorious, winning a $3.75 million settlement.
1970 proved to be a life-altering time for Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, as well as for the rest of the country. After dropping out from Arizona State University, the world-renowned duo of newspapermen, becoming increasingly aware of the nation’s desire for an effective alternative news outlet, decided to become involved.
On campus, protests were beginning to mount at exponential rates due to the controversial nature of the Vietnam War, and after the Kent State Killings, which were executed by a group of National Guardsmen, Larkin and Lacey were immediately moved to act. Joining a group of students, which consisted of Nick Stupey, Hal Smith, Frank Fiore, and Karen Lofgren, they produced the inaugural issue of Phoenix New Times. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
It quickly caught fire and after a short period of time, the group began increasing the size of the free weekly, including satirical cartoons, as well as covering a wide range of events that expanded beyond social commentary.
With Jim Larkin acting as the business partner, helping to secure ads by a number of reputable organizations, including J.C. Penny, Michael Lacey handled to the production of the print paper, quickly taking on the role of Executive Editor. Learn more about Michael Lacey Jim Larkin: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
Throughout the 1970’s, Phoenix New Times continued to grow, becoming one of the most widely read alternative newspapers in the United States, and by the time 1983 hit, they had acquired the Denver-based weekly, Westword, which would play an integral role in their forward expansion.
Eventually, New Times Inc, with Jim Larkin acting as Chief Executive Officer, would be the home to nearly 20 like-minded newspapers, expanding their readership throughout every major U.S. market. After a run that spanned four decades, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey sold the company to a group of trusted execs, stepping away from journalism for a brief period.
Today, Larkin and Lacey have re-entered the world of investigative journalism, recently launching FrontPage Confidential, which continues the practice of producing fact-based news, while holding true to their commitment to the upholding of the constitutional rights of the people.