video screenshot of Backpage.com owner and CEO Carl Ferrer at a 2017 hearing of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

If you didn’t know that the Backpage case was about online classified advertising, you might think the U.S. Department of Justice was mounting a prosecution against the Mafia. Late on Thursday, the DOJ announced that it has turned Backpage CEO…

color photo of criminal defense attorney Paul Cambria of Buffalo, New York, in suit and tie, standing outside a federal courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Looking as hale and hearty as a man can while clad in prisoner’s stripes, Michael Lacey inched closer to freedom on Wednesday afternoon during an appearance before a federal judge in Phoenix to determine the terms of his release. The…

video screenshots of former Backpage.com owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin at a 2017 hearing of the U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Zero sex-trafficking charges. That’s the most glaring aspect of a Phoenix federal grand jury’s belatedly unsealed 93-count indictment against seven current and former owners and operators of the online listings site Backpage.com. The defendants include veteran newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim…

black-and-white photo of a windup toy that resembles a Frankenstein monster

The U.S. House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a poorly conceived bill to combat sex trafficking, notwithstanding an 11th-hour letter from the Department of Justice declaring that the legislation is “unconstitutional.” Dubbed the “Frankenstein bill” by its critics, H.R. 1865, the Fight Online…

YouTube screenshot of Virginia congressman Bob Goodlatte in suit and tie, presiding over a December 12, 2017, House Judiciary Committee meeting to amend a bill intended to combat sex trafficking

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, took aim Tuesday at the world’s oldest profession, adding yet another legislative proposal to address a problem that is largely overhyped: online sex trafficking. Goodlatte’s remarks came during…