In 1972, Jim Larkin who was a Phoenix native, dropped out of Arizona State University and immediately teamed up with Michael Lacey to control the Phoenix New Times. It was a fledgling university weekly that was developed as an answer to the home media’s coverage of student anti-violence protests.
While Lacey was the executive editor and Larkin the head of advertisement activities, the audience of free paper grew over time.
The loose papers explored much of political and social issues, and they were able to gain prominence over the alternative newspapers in the country. Throughout the United States history, many uncommon and controversial presidential pardons have been issued.
President Trump granted the recent release to Joe Arpaio who is the toughest America’s Sherriff. Joe was famous because of his notorious acts, but one of the many heinous acts was the imprisonment of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are village voice owners.
It all started when Lacey and Larkin were involved in the Village Voice Media Newspaper where they published information about the probe of a grand jury for a publication in the Phoenix New Times. Though, the two men were unaware that they were being investigated at the time by the grand jury.
Arpaio was frustrated by the raising coverage of his aggressive law enforcement strategies since 1992 when he was inaugurated in office.
Arpaio being in office it made it possible to be alerted on actions which are legally acceptable and those not accepted. In 2011, Judge Marry told him that it was not right to detain immigrants on suspicion ground since it was not sufficient reason for their detainment and also it was a violation of Constitutional Law. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Instances of that kind were not addressed openly but behind closed doors for several times until 2011 when things changed. Eventually, everything was spelled out and a Lawsuit filed against Arpaio ten years ago. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
The conditions experienced by inmates in Tent city were exposed by this file, and in reliance on this information, Arpaio was charged for violation of the Latinos and other immigrant groups’ rights.
It was at this moment that Lacey and Larkin took advantage of the situation and started to expose Arpaio to the American people. They made it through writing about Arpaio notorious acts in multiple instances, and this became the cause of their arrest especially after a special prosecution team targeted them. Their publication made many newspapers to start publishing pieces of information about Arpaio which they derived from Lacey and Larkin’s work. That led to making the scandal more overblown to the extent that it received national coverage.