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,…

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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…

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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. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023: Mehlman-Orozco Kicks Prosecutorial Tuchis The last defense witness in the #BackpageTrial testified…

Note: Some of the following content was repurposed from live reports from the courthouse. For regular updates during breaks in the proceedings, follow @stephenlemons on Twitter/X. The defense in the Backpage trial called its first witness on Tuesday in Phoenix’s…

The #BackpageTrial resumes at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 23, in Phoenix’s federal court. For regular updates during breaks in the proceedings, follow @stephenlemons on Twitter/X. If the Law Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit . . . After nearly six weeks…

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At the Backpage trial in Phoenix’s federal court on Tuesday, prosecutors continued to introduce prejudicial material into the trial involving sex trafficking and child sex trafficking, drawing yet another mistrial motion from defense attorneys. It was the defense’s fourth mistrial…

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In a recent column, longtime Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini cited a 2021 report from the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), which found that the 2018 takedown of Backpage had the opposite of its intended effect: it made it more…

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On Tuesday, Sept. 12 in Phoenix’s federal court, Carl Ferrer, the government’s lead witness in the Backpage trial, followed the prosecution’s playbook to a T, testifying that nearly everything the classified listings site did in its 14-year history knowingly facilitated…