Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of New Times. Now the grand jury in Arizona wants a lot of information about them. This is even with regards to the sites they visit, the IP address of their computer, the browser they use and the operating system on their computer. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
This grand jury was convened in Maricopa County. They would like this data to be collected about everyone who may have browsed the New Times site after Jan. 1, 2004.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are more than just the staff writers of New Times. They are the top executives working for Village Voice Media that owns New Times.
This was when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey asked the county to do something about this subpoena. In response, the deputies of the sheriff of Maricopa County came to their homes in the night to arrest them and put them in jail.
It is interesting to note what has interested the grand jury so much in New Times. This is because New Times has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for nearly 14 years now. They have even accused him of gross abuse of power. There have been details about his actions. These include inmates dying in his jails, besides several reckless police operations that have been taking place against rivals. This is an absolute disregard for human rights as per the New Times.
But New Times is not the only one criticizing Arpaio. There are several others including Amnesty International that have condemned the ill-treatment of inmates in the jails of Maricopa County. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been talking about a subpoena that is the outcome of a criminal investigation that was done against New Times when they had published the home address of Sheriff Joe nearly three years back on its Web site. This was a part of the ongoing investigations of the real estate deals done by him.
This is where Arpaio along with the county prosecutor maintained that such publication would violate state law. This is how the grand jury investigation came about. Now the subpoena is demanding all notes, and records, besides documents, as well as e-mails, and any other related files and other matter that may be linked to Arpaio in any way.
Till now, this dispute was being considered as local. But things changed after the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They proclaimed the violation of the First Amendment as they sued the county.
Their arrests led to a lot of publicity which led to questions on national scrutiny. Arpaio was highly ridiculed. Even the special prosecutor came under scrutiny as New Times accused him of misconduct during a lawsuit.
Jim and Michael have promised that they would continue with their unyielding stand that will be placed on principles. They would continue to fight against any kind of transgressions of those who are powerful yet corrupt.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a testimony to these ethics.