Michael Lacey is a son of a construction worker born and bred in Newark, New Jersey before moving to Arizona State University to attend college in 1960. In conjunction with other students in the University, they published pieces in the Phoenix New Times to address the media non-comprehensive coverage of the campus anti-war protests that were ongoing.
At this point, Jim Larkin who is a Phoenix native and a student at the Arizona State University to dropped out in 1972 to run the magazine which had now started making weekly publications to address the various challenges students were going through in the institution.
In their collaboration, Michael Lacey acted as the executive editor and Jim Larkin dealt with the marketing side the paper gained popularity due to its address on social and political issues that other papers were not bold to challenge. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
In 1983 the New Times purchased a Denver’s News and Art weekly piece this laid a foundation of their growth and they went on to buy other big papers with the biggest breakthrough being the Village Voice of New York City.
A story which Lacey and Larkin did about the corrupt dealings and human rights violations against Latinos and immigrants had the two arrested in and jailed on October 18, 2017. The subpoena which was unconstitutional demanded details about readers of the article and other information relating to the piece.
This violation of their rights and the First Amendment led to a public outcry with other magazines and reporters putting more light on the issue and mounting pressure on the relevant authorities, in light of this the attorney that has issued the subpoena dropped all charges within 24 hours which put an end to the jury-inquiry. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lacey-larkin-speak-out-on-trump-pardon-of-arpaio-9879938
A further prude revealed that the jury warrants were counterfeitly issued by a prosecutor who disregarded due process in a bid to help Arpaio with his campaign against immigrants.
This issue brought to light the fact that there were individuals who taught the Sherriff was doing a good job in protecting the country from “illegal immigrants” this made Arpaio more defiant even in the face of charges that were raised against him he still continued to target Latinos, the racial profiling was so tough that he arrested and detained these people on grounds of suspicion of being illegal a matter the courts rule was out of order and unconstitutional because you cannot establish a person’s status by no facts.
After the duo was released they filed a suit against the sheriff which had them receive compensation of $37.5 which they directed towards starting a foundation ‘The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund’ whose purpose was to help Latino-American fight for their rights and get settlement status in the United States.
Thanks to the two and the body of Village Media Holdings the manner of reporting changed and reporters became bolder in investigative reporting and fighting for social economic rights of underprivileged citizens. In 2012 Lacey and Larkin sold Village Voice Media but founded Front Page Confidential a website that addresses intimidation to free speech.