Recently, after a longstanding feud with the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, the cofounders of FrontPage Confidential, Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey, took to the media to discuss their severe disdain with the President of the United States’ decision to pardon the controversial figure.
The feud between Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jim Larkin, and Michael Lacey began almost immediately after the former sheriff was elected to office in 1992 due to the fact that their publication, particularly the New Times, made an effort to expose his questionable and discriminatory practices.
The situation between the former sheriff and the newspapermen reached a boiling point ten years ago when Joe Arpaio decided to the duo arrested at their homes. The arrest was alleged to be made because the New Times published information regarding an ongoing situation regarding a grand jury.
In making the arrest, Joe Arpaio not only violated the constitutional rights of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, he also further sullied his already diminishing reputation as a servant of the people.
During the time of the arrest, Jim Larkin operated as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, while Michael Lacey played the role of executive editor of the Village Voice Media; their flagship newspaper chain. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey exposed the fact that the grand jury was investigating them at the time. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/about/
In a story by Stephon Lemons, a product of FrontPage Confidential decided to revisit the situation in the wake of the recent pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, where he discussed the former sheriff’s long history of unscrupulous practices. In the recap, which discussed the many years of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s misdeeds, he highlighted the highly publicized “tent city,” as well as his history of discriminating against Latino Americans.
Under the former sheriff’s watch, the jail, which had been deemed “tent city” by the public, resembled that of a concentration camp. Joe Arpaio’s issues with minorities eventually led to Melendres v. Arpaio, which played a major role in the former sheriff’s failure to be reelected.
At the end of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s bout with Joe Arpaio, the duo was victorious, winning a settlement of $3.75 million. The legendary duo of newspapermen would go on to found the Frontera Fund which takes aim at the prejudices experienced by Latino Americans, helping to support groups in the community that fight against racism, and for human rights.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded their company in 1970, along with two other students, during a time when Lacey had decided to drop out and focus on his dream. After publishing their inaugural issue that year, the duo would go on to build an empire.
In 1983, they acquired a local news-and-arts weekly publication, along with 17 other nationwide print publications, including LA Weekly, and their flagship, Village Voice. In 2014, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sold their stakes in the company to a group of executives with a longstanding history in the company. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund