Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been targeted once again by law enforcement. After a 2007 altercation with Joe Arpaio, now, the FBI is invading the lives of the two journalists.
Michael Lacey was planning his marriage celebrations at the time of the arrest. Instead of spending the weekend with his new bride, Michael Lacey spent his time in federal detention. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lacey-larkin-speak-out-on-trump-pardon-of-arpaio-9879938 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Jim Larkin was also arrested at the same time, mirroring their arrest by Joe Arpaio back in 2007. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been business partners since the 1970s when they started the Phoenix New Times and grew their company to house nearly 20 publications.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had one of their domains seized. Backpage.com, which was previously a personal adds site like Craigslist. Now, instead of offering a place for for people to sell items and provide services, the front page of Backpage.com has five government agency logos.
Since the arrest, Jim Larkin has had his pre-trial hearings. Larkin and two others were charged with money laundering. Larkin was also charged with conspiracy and facilitating prostitution.
While Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin face a trial in the next few months, the creators of similar websites, like Craigslist, remain free.
More About Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are no longer with the Phoenix New Times, where their struggles with Joe Arpaio are well documented.
They do have a couple new ventures to occupy their time. Front Page Confidential and The Frontera Fund are where Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin focus their attention now. Front Page Confidential is a liberal leaning alternative newspaper, and The Frontera Fund is a charitable organization.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are continuing the fight against Joe Arpaio, who used to be the Sheriff of Maricopa County.
When Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court, everyone believed his days of terror were over. Donald Trump pardoned him though, opening up a path for Arpaio to seek a more important position of power – congressman.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin attribute the pardoning to politics. It is not secret that Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio get along, but they also share a very similar belief system when it comes to immigration. Donald Trump knows that Joe Arpaio would be friend on Capital Hill.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin successfully educated citizens of Arizona about Joe Arpaio. Now, with Front Page Confidential, they have spread their efforts to a national audience.