Michael Lacey was a reporter who focused on things that he found wrong with the society, and through this work, he would find a solution to the violations. Also, he was a student at Arizona State University before 1970, when He dropped out.
The Formation, Growth, and Life of the Phoenix New Times
During the period that Michael dropped out of school, he and a pair of students published the first issue of the Phoenix New Times to respond to the extremely conservative local media’s reportage of campus antiwar demonstrations.
He later became the executive editor of New Times with Jim Larkin, his business partner headed the advertising department. The aggressive, free weekly increased its circulation while discovering a variety of political and social matters, therefore, gaining eminence among other alternative newspapers in the nation.
Later in 1983, The New Times acquired Denver’s news-and-arts weekly, Westward and later merged with village voice media with its C.E.O. Jim Larkin becoming the overall chief executive. The company later came to be known as Village Voice Media Holdings. It earned a status for investigative reporting, magazine-style writing of features, refined music coverage, film, arts, food, and local events. In 2012, Lacey and Larkin sold village voice media.
His Arrest, Release, and Compensation
Together with his partner Jim Larkin, Lacey was arrested at his home and jailed on the 18th of October, 2007. This was as a result of revealing in the Phoenix New Times that grand jury summons targeted paper’s writers, editors, and its readers. The arrest was prompted and executed by the editor’s famous anti- immigrant sheriff, Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona.
However, within 24 hours of the execution, the charges were dropped. What followed was that the summons were quashed, bringing to a close the grand-jury inquiry. Consequently, investigations revealed that the jury warrants were fake as they were issued by an implacable prosecutor who evaded legal precautions.
In 2013, County paid $3.75 million in settlement of the lawsuit that Lacey and Larkin had brought after their wrongful arrest.
Establishment of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
In 2014, Lacey and Larkin used the money from the settlement of the lawsuit to establish the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. It was aimed at distributing the proceeds to Latin-American groups in Arizona State.
This is something they worked at for years, and it allowed them the opportunity to make sure they did things right. It was an opportunity for Lacey and Larkin that came around as a direct outcome of their personal civil rights issues. Besides, it gave them an opportunity to know what they could do to help people.
Michael and Jim as reporters found things that were not right with their community, as well as their country. Their reporting would grant them the help they needed. When they decided to report about the sheriff’s office, they did not expect the outcome they encountered. They fought all the accusations from the office. Though tough, they knew it would make a difference. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue to run the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.