Jim Larkin was with his wife, Molly, in his home outside Phoenix when they received a visit from a group of men who had come in unmarked cars. They called up the police to help them out but realized that it was the cops that were already there. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
This was the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit that had come to arrest Jim Larkin as he had publicly disclosed a grand jury’s inner workings. In the same way, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey was also arrested from his home near Phoenix.
Both of them are the principal owners of Village Voice Media. This is the publisher of The Phoenix New Times. They were arrested on the day when this paper published an article that was about a subpoena which it had received. It was demanding several things that also included the Internet addresses along with the domain names of all those people from the public who had visited the site of the newspaper.
This was the first time that reporters were being arrested for committing the crime of typing. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Since then, The Phoenix New Times has been steadily covering this story. Now its executives decided to reply to this legal aggression that came from local authorities. Hence Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to file a lawsuit.
This accused the Maricopa County sheriff, as well as the county attorney along with a special prosecutor. The charge against them was that they engaged in a planned manner of conspiracy and racketeering. The aim was to suppress the newspaper’s right to publishing and the public’s right of knowing.
Due to this, The Phoenix New Times got involved in a running battle with Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff. This has been going on since 1992.
The East Valley Tribune had reported that since 2004, over 60 jail inmates of Maricopa County died. Many of them suffered from illnesses that can otherwise be easily treated in typical medical settings. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
He is now playing a role in fighting against illegal immigration. He is arresting those who he suspects of being illegal immigrants. Besides, the newspaper even published the home address of Sheriff Arpaio.
This is a violation of an Arizona statute which prohibits publishing any such address on the Web as it may pose a serious threat to the sheriff or to his family. This was when Sheriff Arpaio asked for an investigation by the county attorney.