Dedicated to defending the rights of the minority, Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey

April 18, 2018Business, Business Leader Standard

In 2017, Joe Arpaio, the then Maricopa County Sheriff, was declared guilty of criminal contempt. He served as county sheriff for 24 years, winning the sheriff elections an astounding six times though he has been a contentious figure both in Arizona and in the country.

Arpaio was in support of Donald Trump’s birther movement that accused President Barrack Obama of being born outside of the US. Arpaio support of this however turned good in favor of Arpaio as President Trump pardoned him for his conviction. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and https://michael-lacey.com/

Many felt that Arpaio did not fully pay for the wrong deeds he did when he was still Sheriff. By good fortune, groups like the Frontera Fund are dedicated to fighting against him and his policies. The state of Arizona has a significant Hispanic, and Latino population and Arpaio could do anything in his power to ward off illegal migration.

Sadly, both the Sheriff and his office earned a bad reputation for not honoring people’s civil rights while going after their aims. Arpaio and his office went behind Judge Snow’s order, but when brought to answer to violating the law, they claimed to have misinterpreted the terms of the order.

Federal district judge Susan Bolton convicted Arpaio of criminal contempt. Arpaio’s office did intimidate not only Latino and Hispanic drivers but also challenged those who were brave enough to criticize them. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

A local paper, Phoenix New times, for a long time had been outing Arpaio to the public. He tried to provoke and cower editors, writers, and readers but instead, the paper did more of exposing. Jim Larkin and Michael Larkin, executives with Village Media that publishes Phoenix New Times, were taken and booked into separate jails by Sheriff Arpaio’s armed deputies.

Larkin and Lacey spent less than half a day in the jails before their release thanks to public outcry. Soon after, a legal battle ensued, and Maricopa County paid Lacey and Larkin $3.75 million to settle their lawsuit. Using the $3.75 million, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey established the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which assists non-profit groups that are committed to supporting the rights of Hispanics and Latinos.

Delving into the lives of both Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Jim Larkin is a Phoenix native, who dropped out of Arizona State University and after that met Michael Lacey. Lacey on becoming a young adult moved west from Newark, New Jersey, to attend Arizona State University.

The two were in the driver’s seat at Phoenix New Times with Lacey being the executive editor, and Larkin served as head of the advertising unit.

During their illegal arrest in 2007, Village Voice Media became more popular due to Larking and Lacey’s dedication to the First Amendment and also due to the company’s reporting and coverage. In 2012, Larkin and Lacey sold Village Voice Media.