Michael Lacey,Jim Larkin and their Post-Arpaio Business Ventures

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were first introduced to each other in college, both having a burning desire to become journalists. The two budding journalists created a school newsletter in order to give an alternative news source, combating the school’s conservative views concerning student protesting. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-will-still-make-a-nuclear-bomb-israel-s-ambassador-to-the-uk-daniel-taub-argues-the-geneva-deal-8965373.html and http://www.daniel-taub.com/

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were such a success with their newsletter they decided to drop out of college and enter the real journalism industry.

Lacey and Larkin eventually became the owners of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times. The newspaper is now focused on culture, dining, and entertainment, but when it was still under the leadership of Lacey and Larkin, it was a more politically driven publication. The New Times still publishes the occasional political piece, but their focus has moved elsewhere. Read more: Daniel Taub | Ideamench and Daniel Taub | Wikipedia

Back when Lacey and Larkin were running the paper they had a primary target: Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. The Sheriff had been creating chaos in the jail systems, the political systems, and in the streets; Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were behind him every step of the way, revealing Joe Arpaio’s illegal activities to all readers.

Joe Arpaio wasn’t happy with this obviously. Joe Arpaio eventually had the court house write up a subpoena and serve it to the Phoenix New Times. The subpoena called for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to reveal the names of their customers and employees, but they refused to obey the court order. Instead, they published the contents of the court order in their paper, providing an opening for Joe Arpaio to make a move.

Joe Arpaio arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for what he believed was a legitimate crime, but a judge decided that a citizen has the right to reveal a subpoena. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released form custody and began a lawsuit, arguing that their first amendment rights had been violated. A judge also determined this to be true, awarding the journalists nearly 4 million in cash.

After the settlement, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin took a break from the newspaper business. Instead, they began to focus on altruistic efforts with The Frontera Fund.

This charity works closely with the community to better the lives of Hispanic residents. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin relate to this group of people because they were all victims of Joe Arpaio. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin donate money, through the Frontera Fund, to charities such as Aliento and 1070.

Their break from the newspaper business didn’t last for long. Four years after The Frontera Fund was created, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created Front Page Confidential. This marked their return to the newspaper business, where they continue their efforts against political corruptness

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