The rare moments of levity during the half-hour session at the Ninth Circuit on Sept. 2 in the Lacey/Larkin appeal came at the government’s expense as litigators jousted before a three-judge panel at the James R. Browning United States Courthouse…

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…

The U.S. Department of Justice has wasted four years and untold millions of tax dollars on the wrongful prosecution of award-winning journalists and former Backpage owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Given the opportunity, the DOJ may waste more. Because…

Kool-Aid

Granted, the Jonestown Massacre may not be the perfect metaphor for Washington Post scribe E.J. Graff’s recent review of California prosecutor Maggy Krell’s book, Taking Down Backpage.  Still, the way Graff blindly glugs down Krell’s self-serving account of the latter’s…

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…

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….

In an apparent act of unintentional irony, just three days before International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a statement announcing the conclusion of its investigation into…

ernieallen

Knowing their case had gone drastically awry, in early September, government attorneys “goaded” the defense into successfully moving for a mistrial in the Lacey/Larkin case, part of a long pattern of prosecutorial misconduct. To protect the defendants from a violation…