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SF Weekly's owners arrested, cleared

The SF Weekly is owned by a chain based in Phoenix, Ariz., whose owners — Michael Lacey (right) and Jim Larkin — publish a newspaper there that has been investigating and reporting on the local sheriff, Joe Arpaio. They even went so far as to print Arpaio’s home address in connection with a story about how the sheriff was able to accumulate so many assets given his salary.

On Thursday, Lacey and Larkin were arrested and officials demanded all sorts of information from the files their alt-weekly in Phoenix including a list of everyone who had visited the paper’s Web site in recent years.

The backlash from liberals and conservatives was quick and fierce. On Friday all charges were dropped, the prosecutor admitted making serious mistakes and the State Bar Association began an investigation into the prosecutors who went after newspaper. Coverage: Arizona Republic, E&P, AP, NY Times. Here’s the original story Lacey and Larkin wrote.

(Photo credit: Phoenix New Times, Giulio Sciorio)

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