Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Expose Corruption

Michael Lacy is the executive editor of the Village Voice Media newspaper. He was arrested along with Jim Larkin, the CEO of Village Media newspaper, for charges of disclosing details about a grand-jury investigation. This event took place a little over 10 years ago in Phoenix, Arizona. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times

The arrest was by the order of the sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio. On the day of their arrest, Michael and Jim had published a piece that was describing the probe of a grand jury in on of the publications of the Village Voice Media, the Phoenix New Times. The two men were unaware that the grand jury had also been investigating them.

There had been much coverage about Joe Apraio and his overly aggressive law enforcement tactics since 1992. His questionable orders against many inmates and women were brought up before by several publications. The infamous sheriff had been notified of what actions were legally admissible and which ones weren’t since he first took office. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/

The sheriff was advised by the United States District Judge that the detaining of immigrants due to suspicion wasn’t sufficient grounds for detainment. It was against the constitution to detain and hold a person without evidence.

These issues were addressed on multiple occasions before 2011 and were not made public. These issues were brought to light when a lawsuit was filed against Joe Arpaio about 10 years ago. The sheriff was charged with the violation of the rights of Latinos and other immigrant groups.

Joe Arpaio fought the charges and continued to work as he always did. He continued to encourage his employees to continue the racial profiling of Latinos and to send them over to the immigration services. His abuse of power continued until the people could no longer take it. There was eventually an outcry from the people that caught the attention of reporters.

This was when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began to expose the sheriff of Maricopa county to the American public. The two men wrote multiple pieces on the sheriff and his department and got into confrontation with him on several occasions. This is what eventually led to the arrest of the two men that worked for the Village Media newspaper. The arrests were only able to take place after the targeting by a special prosecution team that created the grand jury.

Many other newspapers were not reporting on the abuse of power of Joe Arpaio at the time that Jim and Lacey were releasing their stories. The reports on the arrests that were made by Joe kept piling up until it finally began to receive national coverage. The two original reporters were released from prison 24 days after their arrests.

They proceeded to file a suit against Joe Arpaio that exposed more information about his corruption and abuse of power. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey won the suit and were able to settle for approximately $3.7 million.

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