The controversial pardon of ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, added a lot of fuel to the fire of American social dissertation. Advocates and dissenters alike squared off over the decision, which was handed down by sitting President Donald Trump.
Many referred to the pardon as a gross miscarriage of justice, citing numerous travesties assigned to Arpaio across his 24 year reign. Chief among them were Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two men who have a very jaded history with Joe Arpaio, a history that just will not die.
Michael Lacey was a college dropout from ASU when he founded Phoenix New Times, a counterculture independent weekly inspired by the Kent State Shootings. By the time Arpaio was elected in ’93 Jim Larkin had joined, and the duo had expanded the paper to a multi-million dollar conglomerate, spanning 17 weeklies, and stretching from coast to coast.
As Arpaio began focused on illegal immigration and began cracking down on the Latino community, his methods became more and more questionable. This is when they began to gain media attention, and the Phoenix New Times started to focus on Arpaio.
Soon the paper was hounding the Sheriff at every turn, printing articles that exposed various scandals, misuses of power, and misappropriation. Under Lacey and Larkin’s stewardship the paper focused on Arpaio when many other news sources did not.
Arpaio returned the focus by investigating the paper and banning its reporters from press meetings. It finally came to a head when Arpaio sent a series of grand jury subpoenas the paper’s way, and Lacey and Larkin printed one under their combined byline. Arpaio had them arrested and jailed for 24 days.
The arrest sparked outrage, and eventually led to a wrongful arrest settlement that netted the newsmen $3.75 million dollars. They turned around and used the money to create the Frontera Fund, an organization that supports Latin-American groups across Arizona in an effort to stem discrimination. It was here the saga mellowed, as Lacey and Larkin sold Village Voice Media in 2012. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia and Daniel Taub | LinkedIn
Now the duo has returned with Front Page Confidential. Front Page Confidential is an online independent news source printing counterculture articles that uphold the First Amendment. Headed by Lacey and Larkin it came online mid-2018. In the wake of Arpaio’s pardon the two newsmen are more than ready to focus on his Senate run as passionately as his tenure as Sheriff.
President Trump’s focus on tougher immigration laws has the stage perfectly set, and the Latin-American community will need a voice as the situation gets hotter. They will find that voice in Front Page Confidential as Lacey and Larkin continue to advocate for their cause.