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Executives Arrested in 'Phoenix New Times' Legal Dispute

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Executives Arrested in 'Phoenix New Times' Legal Dispute

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Top Village Voice Media executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested Thursday night by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies on charges of revealing grand jury information, a misdemeanor.

They were both released Friday.

The charges came after they published a story under their byline in the Thursday edition of the Phoenix New Times, in which they described a subpoena the paper reportedly received from a local grand jury.

"They did not have a warrant, but they told me that I was being arrested for unlawful disclosure of grand jury information," Larkin told The New York Times by phone from his home early this morning, after he was released from jail. Lacey, executive editor, remained in jail until this morning. Captain Paul Chagolla, a spokesman for the sheriff did not return a call from the Times for comment.

The Arizona Republic reports today: "Grand jury proceedings are secret, and the two wondered in the opening paragraphs of the article whether they could face legal repercussions for making the subpoena public, but they viewed the subpoena as an attack on freedom of the press. …

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