Justice

One of the great ironies of the federal government’s criminal pursuit of veteran newspapermen and former Backpage owners, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, is Backpage’s winning record in court. Prior to their 2018 arrests, federal and state judges repeatedly upheld…

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

On Sunday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals tentatively scheduled oral arguments in the Lacey/Larkin case for Friday, September 2, nearly a year after prosecutorial misconduct caused a mistrial in the high-stakes First Amendment donnybrook. The hearing is one of…

At the request of this writer, editors at The Washington Post issued a correction to an April 8 review of former California prosecutor Maggy Krell’s self-serving memoir, Taking Down Backpage. The review by E.J. Graff, managing editor of WaPo’s “Monkey…

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. government set a disturbing precedent in the annals of modern censorship by arresting award-winning newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin and taking down Backpage.com, a classified ads site that reportedly served almost 1,000 cities…

Forget smoking guns. In an appellate brief filed recently at the Ninth Circuit, defense attorneys in the Lacey/Larkin case offer a series of flaming bazookas, detailing the prosecution’s unabashed intent to force the defense to move for a mistrial (and…

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The most dangerous place in the world for a hypocrite or any other kind of phony is in Elizabeth Nolan Brown‘s sights.  A senior editor at the libertarian magazine Reason, Brown vivisects bad ideas and politicians like a coroner on crack….

Kamala Harris

On Friday, the New York Daily News published a glowing, error-filled preview of former California prosecutor and failed Sacramento County DA candidate Maggy Krell’s book Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker, which is scheduled to drop Jan….