Michael Lacey, half of the duo of former newspapermen that founded the New Times Media empire, recently addressed the media in response to the final ruling issued by Susan R. Bolton regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County.
While the ruling was no surprise, as many people already felt that Joe Arpaio would somehow once again escape prison time, many of the citizens of Maricopa County expressed their issues with the ruling. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been in a continuous saga of drama with Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department since he was first elected in 1992. With their publication, Phoenix New Times, Larkin and Lacey regularly covered many of the illegal practices implemented by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department at the behest of Joe Arpaio, which eventually led to a showdown between all three.
On “Sheriff Joe’s” orders, Jim and Michael became victims of the elected official’s wrath, as they were falsely arrested in their homes regarding charges of disclosing information concerning an ongoing grand jury investigation. The investigation that they revealed in their publication, was one that they, their newspaper, and their readership was the subject of.
The New Times Media frontmen would be released in less than 24 hours, as the district attorney refused to prosecute the case, and a court battle, lasting three years, ensued. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would win their suit, claiming $3.75 million, which they used to begin the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
In 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey became involved in one of the most influential alternative publications in history with the launching of Phoenix New Times. Michael Lacey, joined by several students from the Arizona State Campus, felt compelled to join the growing roster of alternative newspapers that were, at the time, infiltrating the mainstream due changes in philosophy.
This yearning resulted from events such as the United State’s status in the Vietnam War, as well as the massacre that occurred on the campus of Kent State University. In 1972, Jim Larkin came into the fold, and he quickly became the top seller of the publication, eventually taking on the reins as the head of marketing.
By 1983, Phoenix New Times had garnered a substantial following throughout Arizona and decided to purchase Westword. Westword was first published in 1977 by Patricia Calhoun, to service the Denver, Colorado area.
After this acquisition, Larkin and Lacey continued their trend of purchasing like-minded newspapers across the country, eventually garnering 17 publications, which included LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Miami New Times, Village Voice, and Nashville Scene.
In 2007, New Times Media achieved its most significant award, the Pulitzer Prize, and by 2012, Larkin and Lacey had decided to leave the company.
Today, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey head the Frontera Fund, as well as the website, FrontPage Confidential, which are both dedicated to maintaining the protection of constitutional rights for people of all backgrounds.