Two executives of Village Voice Media, the parent company of the SF Weekly, were arrested in Arizona last night in connection with a story they wrote for Phoenix New Times this week. According to the Arizona Republic, Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were charged with revealing secret grand jury information, a misdemeanor.
Larkin is the CEO of Village Voice Media; Lacey is the executive editor of the Phoenix-based chain's 16 papers.
The story written by Lacey and Larkin, "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution," exposed egregious misconduct on the part of county prosecutors, who have issued sweeping grand jury subpoenas demanding that the paper turn over confidential notes and documents about numerous stories, as well as demanding detailed personal information about readers who visited the paper's Web site.
In the story, Lacey and Larkin said they knew they could get in trouble for what they wrote: "It is, we fear, the authorities' belief that what you are about to read here is against the law to publish. But there are moments when civil disobedience is merely the last option. We pray that our judgment is free of arrogance."