An Insight into Larkin & Lacey

On October 18th, 2007 Jim Latin and Michael Lacey, both journalists were arrested from their homes by the Maricopa County selective Enforcement Agency of Arizona under the orders of the sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Larkin & Lacey were given subpoenas from the grand jury under allegations of disclosing the details of the grand jury investigation on their newspaper, Phoenix publishers. The journalists of Village Voice Media had been under investigations by the jury in conjunction with the sheriff.

The arrests as to be seen later were malicious attempts by the sheriff to punish the two journalists who had been working for a media company, The Village Voices that was continually criticizing his actions and turning the public against him.

He had gained the reputation of undermining the Latino immigrants in Arizona. Joe Arpaio was nicknamed ‘Americas toughest sheriff,’ and he had served his county for 24 years following six re-elections by his county members.

During his tenure as the sheriff, he was notorious for mistreating the immigrants or people with the Hispanic origin, women, and inmates at the Tent City. This is in spite of the place for having the highest population of people from Mexico and other Latina countries. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

He would impound Latino truck drivers and detain them by suspicion. In 2011 he was charged with violating the rights of Latino and other immigrant groups by the court after numerous incidences with Latino drivers and was forced to release the detainees.

Unfortunately, he had supporters who justified his actions by claiming that he was a vessel for eliminating immigrants. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey got the information about the misdeeds of Arpaio and went ahead to publish them boldly.

Michael Lacey was the CEO of Village Voice media. He moved to Arizona from New York. He worked as an editor to New York Times where he gained prominence. Jim Larkin, a native of Phoenix, was also from the University of Arizona and is the editor of the same media company. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lacey-larkin-speak-out-on-trump-pardon-of-arpaio-9879938

Both of them were expelled from university for ultra-conservative media coverage. Initially, the exposure of Arpaio was only from their newspapers, but the story eventually was taken up by other publications. This infuriated Arpaio prompting him to launch investigations in conjunction with the grand jury and ultimately arresting them.

Larkin and Lacey were however released 24hours later as their first amendment right was also violated there was a public outcry which further led to the probe of Arpaio’s mistreatment of Hispanics. Maricopa County was slapped with a fine of 3.75 million dollars for wrongful arrest and lawsuit of Larkin & Lacey.

Larkin and Lacey used this money to initiate the Lacey and Larkey Frontera Fund which gives grants to immigrants in Arizona and returning to journalism and launching front page website for covering threats and free speech.

Joe at 85 years in 2017 was eventually convicted after losing his seventh reelection bid however in prison he campaigned for Trumps presidency, and in the same year, he was pardoned by DonaldTrump and even wheeled home.

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