Larkin & Lacey

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was elected as the Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992, and throughout his career utilized many approaches that signified great prejudices against minorities, as well as other very questionable practices.

Under the reign of Joe Arpaio, the conditions of tent city made international news, as they resembled those of a concentration camp, and it was also discovered that a number of people arrested and placed in the jails of Maricopa County mysteriously lost their lives.

Due to the content that their publications consistently produced, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey became targets of Sheriff Arpaio’s wrath nearly from the very beginning, and 10 years ago, after tensions had finally risen to their peak, the sheriff had the newspaper duo arrested under false pretenses. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Under the direct orders of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were handcuffed in their home, allegedly due to the fact that an article that one of their publications released disclosed content about an ongoing grand-jury investigation; a move that directly violated their constitutional rights.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s feud with Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, as well as his well-documented contempt for minorities, in particular, Latinos, would prove to be disastrous for his career and his already heavily tainted legacy.

In the following election, Joe Arpaio would lose out, and shortly thereafter, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would receive a settlement of $3.75 million due to their wrongful arrests under his authority.

Joe Arpaio would also be charged with criminal contempt of court as a result of his actions during the Melendres suit, but he would later be pardoned by President Donald Trump, who has long championed the methods of the former Sheriff of Maricopa County.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are well known throughout the world of print publications, having stood at the helm of one of the most powerful corporations in existence.

While they have since sold their stake at WM to a few long-time shareholders, the footprint that the duo has left is universally undeniable, and despite its overwhelming magnitude, it started from very meager beginnings.

After dropping out of Arizona State University in 1970, Michael Lacey, along with several students, decided to release an inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times in response to the coverage of the war on campus, which was deemed to be very conservative.

Eventually, with the help of his business partner, Jim Larkin, Michael Lacey took their company to new heights, making a particularly considerable leap after the purchase of Denver’s new-and-arts weekly, Westword.

The purchasing of Westword would kick off an expansion that would lead Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to acquire an additional 17 publications, including Miami New Times, LA Weekly, and the Village Voice.

Although Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy sold their company in 2012, their longstanding ordeal with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, their winning effort helped to create a culture in which the publications that they brought to prominence are recognized for their detailed investigative reporting, magazine writing style, and sophisticated coverage of a multitude of areas.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on the Enduring Sins of Joe Arpaio, America’s Worst Sheriff