Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have not forgotten the night Sheriff Joe Arpaio had them arrested. That night was the culmination of their long-standing feud with the Sheriff, going to bat for the Latino community and exposing his unfair treatment for the sake of immigration.
Their smear campaign had cost the Sheriff much, his name was besmirched nationally with a great many people, whatever legacy he wanted to leave would forever be jaded. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times
His responding investigation into the paper was held as the highest contempt of the first amendment by the newsmen. This is why they decided to print a confidential subpoena under their byline. An act they knew would get them arrested.
Now years later, in the wake of Arpaio’s pardon by President Donald Trump, the two find themselves in a unique position. They have just launched their alternative news website Front Page Confidential, and Arpaio will once again be in their crosshairs.
Lacey and Larkin gained attention as the founders of once-fledgling alternative weekly Phoenix New Times. Lacey had started the paper in 1970, with Larkin joining a year later. Their transformation of the paper into a self-sustaining business with an expanding readership legitimized them as bonafide newsmen.
In the mid-80’s they would go on to form Village Voice Media, a multi-million dollar conglomerate with national span. Never would they forget their dedication to the first amendment or free speech, which is why when Arpaio’s deeds gained media attention, they turned it into a personal mission to take him down.
Arpaio’s tactics in regards to illegal immigration were always questionable. When they came to light he landed in some hot water. Throughout his massive tenure, he butted heads with the newsmen and the rest of the country on illegal immigration. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
His scandalous policy finally getting him in the Melindres vs. Maricopa County preceding that led to his own arrest. Confined for criminal contempt of court Apraio’s pardon was fist mentioned by Trump in a speech. Many still wonder why the president pardoned him although Lacey believes it was to appeal his base. Now that Arpaio has a second wind he aims as the Senate.
Lacey and Larkin were able to turn their arrest in to profit, through a successful wrongful arrest lawsuit that earned them $3.75 million dollars. They used to form the Frontera Fund which allocates the money to the support of the Latino community.
The duo has never stopped fighting Arpaio’s rhetoric, and plan to fight him even further with Front Page. Indeed, the feud between the two will begin yet again.