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…

Photoshopped image depicting U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in a dirtpile in front of a bulldozer being driven by Frankenstein. (Really.)

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden pretty much threw himself in front of the proposed Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) on Wednesday, offering a lonely but impassioned speech on the Senate floor in opposition to the legislation, which seeks to make online adult…

Photoshopped image of a black-and-white clip from Frankenstein (1931) depicting Colin Clive and Boris Karloff with a color image of a pay phone prominently placed in the background

Senator Ron Wyden is taking a page from Mel Brooks’s 1974 comedy classic Young Frankenstein in a bid to alter the disastrous Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) — a.k.a. the “Frankenstein bill” — which is galumphing toward a vote…

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…