Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times

Phoenix New Times is one of the most famous newspapers in the United States. Its co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been working for many years to lure the success and the existence of this paper in the society. They faced a lot of challenges before making a real and successful establishment of this paper and their website among the citizens of the United States.

One of the most famous challenges that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin faced was the accusations and arrest because of taking the confidence to make the public aware of some of the injustices and the abuse of the United States Constitution by the County Sheriffs. There was a long-run feud between The New Times with one of the county Sheriffs known as Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

The County Sheriffs had a grand jury secret about this feud and they wanted to cover their fellow Sheriff for his crimes. Sheriff Joe Arpaio had been using aggressive law tactics since he was inaugurated. He had many orders against women and inmates especially those who held status as immigrants.

He used to detain the immigrants due to suspicions and he had no evidence that they had or they did not have the proper status. This was against the United States Constitution and he had been warned for several times.

He had tried to be corrected by other colleagues about the things that are supposed to be done and the ones that are not supposed to be done but he could not hear them. There had been even a lot of publications before that we’re talking about his actions that were unpleasing to the citizens.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered the subpoena of all the documents published in the New Times website and also those that had been printed. He also ordered for identification of all the readers who had read the publications about him in The New Times.

When Michael and Jim exposed this to the public, they were arrested from their homes at night and taken to jail although they did not know that the issue of the sheriff and the New Times was under investigation.

The United States has a democratic form of government where the majority wins. Following the public’s cry for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s justice, they were released after the court hearings where the judge declined to take the charges against them. The charges were dropped and Sheriff Joe Arpaio had to pay a settlement fee to them.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had continued support for the fellow citizens and they did anything they could to see that they help them tackle their grievances in one way or the other. The settlement money that arose as a result of their arrest, they used it to support the groups that advocate for human rights, civic participation and freedom of speech and the rights of immigrants among the Arizona residents.

They have continued to consistency in their support for the people and this has enabled their Phoenix New Times paper to become famous and a must read to most of the people worldwide.

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