Who are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey?

In looking at the Phoenix New Times’ article on Michael Lacey and Jim Larking speaking out in response to Donald Trump’s pardon of America’s, deemed worst and possibly most questionable sheriff, we can see both Lacey and Larkin’s view towards the matter at hand.

The article starts by talking of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt in late July of 2007, for ignoring a federal judge’s order which stemmed from a 2007 racial profiling lawsuit.

It goes on to detail Arpaio in his extensive 24-year career as county sheriff, and his controversial aspect in being a vocal figure of support when Donald Trump started the birther movement against then President Obama, accusing him of being an unfit president due to his being born outside of the U.S.

The article also takes a stance on the matter pertaining to President Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio and how it was a validated move by Judge Susan R. Bolton. At one point, Arpaio was responsible for the arrest of co-owners of the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

This was most likely due to the fact that New Times covered, and exposed information which led to the demise of sheriff Arpaio and led to his prompt resignation.

In taking a closer look at Jim Larkin we can see that he is a native to Phoenix who dropped out of Arizona State University when, in 1972, he decided to team up with Michael Lacey, where the Phoenix New Times was born. This e-newsletter became a fledgling campus weekly paper, which came about as a response to the bias local media’s coverage of student antiwar protests.

Larkin became the head of the advertising side of things while Lacey became the executive editor. The paper grew due to its coverage in exploring a variety of social and political issues. It gained popularity as one of the U.S.’ premier alternative newspapers due to its aggressive yet holistic approach in coverage. In 1983, Phoenix New Times, purchased Westword, which was Denver’s news and arts weekly paper.

This expansion would ultimately end up becoming a conglomerate of 17 similarly motivated papers from the west coast of the U.S. to the east. These papers included that of LA Weekly, Miami New Times, and the Village Voice in New York City. Learn more about Jim Lacey and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

In taking a closer look at Michael Lacey we can see that he was the son of a construction worker, and grew up in Newark, N.J., before moving in the late 1960’s to attend Arizona State Univesity in the west. In retrospect, in 1970, Lacey was a college dropout, and was at this point already publishing the inaugural issue of Phoenix New Times, along with Jim Larkin in response to the local medias shrouded coverage of student antiwar protests.

Lacey became the executive editor of the paper, while his partner became the head of the advertising side. Soon after which came the massive expansion which was composed of the purchasing of Westword, a Denver weekly newsletter.

On October 18th, of 2007 Lacey and Larkin were arrested from their homes by the infamous discriminatory sheriff of Maricopa Country, in Arizona, which led to a public outcry in which all charges against Lacey and Larkin were dropped.