Self-Proclaimed America’s toughest sheriff release from prison will go down in history as one of the most controversial presidential pardons under president Trump. Joe Arpaio is the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona who won six consecutive times since 1992 as sheriff of the county.
His tenure was marked by an oppressive rule that saw some of the journalists unfairly locked behind bars. The journalists arrested were the owners of Phoenix New Times who were known as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The Exposure of Joe Arpaio’s Misconduct
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were partners who worked in the newspaper of the Village Voice Media where they continuously exposed the wrongdoings of Joe Arpaio. Further, Michael Lacey served as the chief executive officer of the publication while Jim Larkin worked as the editor.
Moreover, the high coverage of Arpaio’s rule by the newspapers such as the unjust treatments of the inmates, women, and immigrants is what caused him frustrations. In fact, there had been several cases on Arpaio’s ruling of detaining immigrants who were just suspects but had not been convicted.
Nonetheless, a lawsuit was filed against Arpaio after he was exposed to having violated the rights of the inmates at Tent City and other immigrants who were mainly Latinos. Again, despite the charges, Joe Arpaio maintained the status quo on subjecting racial prejudice against the Latinos where this went on for several years.
Fortunately, the public outcry of the victims of Arpaio did not go unnoticed as a group who were opposed to Joe Arpaio’s rule, and the journalist fraternity exposed him to the larger American audience.
Furthermore, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were in the forefront of publishing on Joe Arpaio’s dirty work and unfair rule. They continued to expose him to many of their publication which is what led to their arrest as their publication was the only paper at the time that reported about Arpaio.
However, their arrest caused an uproar among journalists who started publishing in multiple newspapers on the works of Arpaio as obtained from Lacey and Larkin’s information. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Again, with the news reaching the broader public uncovered Arpaio’s scandals and misconduct which led to the release of Lacey and Larkin after 24 days. Additionally, after their release, the two filed a lawsuit against Joe Arpaio and were awarded $3.7 million in 2013.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Professions
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were both in the Arizona State University when they dropped out to concentrate a newspaper that was known Phoenix New Times. The publication was a weekly campus newspaper that had been established to respond to the existing media’s report concerning the anti-war protests from students.
Jim Larkin took the role of representing the advertisement section while Michael Lacey worked as the executive editor covering the social and political issues. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Besides, the New Times would later acquire Westword in 1983 and merge with other papers to have a conglomerate of 17 different newspapers that constituted of the Village Voice based in New York.
Also, some of the challenges that Lacey and Larkin faced in their career included the imprisonment caused by exposing Sheriff Arpaio’s corruption. Nevertheless, the pair used the money that was awarded to them in the creation of the Lacey & Larkin Frontera fund for helping marginalized groups such as the Latin-Americans in Arizona.