In 2007, two newspapermen saw first hand was a corrupt politician is capable of. That’s the year Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by Joe Arpario, the at the time Sheriff of Maricopa County.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were in charge of over a dozen newspapers. They owned Village Voice Media, and publications all over the country were under their umbrella.
Joe Arpaio was worried about the investigative journalism going on at one of Lacey and Larkin’s newspapers. The Phoenix New Times had been investigating Arpaio’s under-the-table activities for years prior to the arrest;however, the arrest wasn’t Arpaio’s first attempt to silence the press. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Larkin and Lacey Fruntera Fund | Crunchbase
Arpaio had his friends at the courthouse draw up a subpoena. The subpoena ordered Lacey and Larkin to reveal confidential information pertaining to the readers, writers, and editors of the newspaper. When Lacey and Larkin ignored the order, choosing to publish the contents of the subpoena instead, Joe Arpaio believed that was reason enough to arrest the two men. The arrest didn’t stick. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released, eventually taking home 3.75 million dollars, because a judge ruled that a person can publish the contents of their own served subpoena.
Joe Arpaio himself has been in legal trouble. Another incident from 2007 resulted in a judge ordering Arpaio to avoid issues relating to immigration during his tenure as Sheriff. When Joe Arpaio ignored these orders, he found himself in contempt of court.
Donald Trump eventually came to Joe Arpaio’s save. After all, Arpaio was one of the first Republicans to come out in favor of Donald Trump during the primaries. They share a similar, harsh stance on immigration, and this appealed to Arpaio. To return the favor, Trump offered Arpaio a pardon, which Arpaio hastily accepted.
Despite the long list of missteps during the Trump Presidency, the pardoning of Joe Arpaio is still one of the most brazen.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
The newspapermen took a short break from the newspaper world, but they are back with Front Page Confidential. This new paper aims to hit a wider audience with a wider range of topics. Politics is still the focus of their publications;however, Front Page Confidential occasionally ventures off to cover pop culture, sports, and other relevant topics.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin also created The Frontera Fund. It is a charity that specializes in educating people about immigration.