Village Voice Media executive editor Mike Lacey and chief executive officer Jim Larkin were arrested late Thursday night in Phoenix for publishing this week's cover story in Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media owns sixteen weeklies across the nation, including Riverfront Times.
Prosecutors also issued subpoenas demanding detailed personal information about anyone who had visited the Phoenix New Times Web site since 2004.
Lacey and Larkin were arrested by sheriff's deputies at their homes and led away in handcuffs. Both have since been released.
To read the New Times story that gave rise to the arrests, go here.
Update 1:35 p.m. October 19:
Read this, from Village Voice editor Tony Ortega, who wrote about Sheriff Arpaio while a staff writer in Phoenix.
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