The following represents the opinion of the author and no one else. Government attorneys in the Backpage case previously signaled their intention to retry veteran newspaperman Michael Lacey on outstanding counts against him, asking for and getting a tentative trial…

The following opinion/analysis reflects the views of the author and no one else. UPDATE April 27, 2024: On April 26, the court issued a correction to its previous orders of acquittal. This changed the number of acquittals for Lacey to…

UPDATE April 18, 2024: Judge Humetewa has pushed back the sentencing date for the three Backpage defendants. Journalist Michael Lacey will be sentenced June 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. John Brunst will be sentenced the same day at 9:30 a.m….

Jim Larkin (left) and Michael Lacey: Larkin killed himself shortly before trial, Lacey will now be retried on 84 counts where the jury returned no verdict

The following opinion/analysis reflects the views of the author and no one else. On Tues., Jan. 23, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix informed federal Judge Diane Humetewa of its intention to retry veteran journalist Michael Lacey on 84 counts,…

Clinton Jencks

This post repurposes recent Twitter/X reports from the #BackpageTrial in Phoenix’s Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse. For regular updates, please follow the writer @stephenlemons. Nothing to See Here, Move Along At the Backpage trial in federal court in Phoenix, a…

Andrey Vyshinsky

For regular updates on the #BackpageTrial from the federal court in Phoenix, please follow the writer on Twitter /X @stephenlemons. Note: Please see below for an update to this post.  Specific Intent During a brief hearing before Judge Diane Humetewa…

This post repurposes recent Twitter/X reports from the #BackpageTrial in Phoenix’s Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse. For regular updates, please follow the writer @stephenlemons. On Thursday morning in Phoenix’s federal court, there was a 40-minute hearing before Judge Diane Humetewa in…