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Michael Lacey (left) and Jim Larkin, in August 2017, after a Sacramento judge dismissed pimping charges against them (photo by Stephen Lemons)
Front Page Confidential's reports on federal and state prosecutors' efforts to railroad veteran newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on charges related to Backpage are archived here.

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Four Civil Liberties Organizations File Amicus Briefs in Support of Backpage Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

New “Evidence” in Backpage Case Reveals Government’s Flawed Prosecution

At Reason Foundation Event in Phoenix, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Denounce Government Overreach in Backpage Case

Federal Judges in Two Jurisdictions Play ‘Hot Potato’ with Seized Backpage Attorneys’ Fees

Lawyers, Guns, and Money (And to Hell with Free Speech)

Federal Judge Denies Government Bid to Disqualify First Amendment Attorneys from Backpage Defense Team

Backpage Defense Team Wages First Amendment Battle on Two Fronts

Front Page Confidential Founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Speak Out in Reason.com Profile

Federal Prosecutors’ New Backpage Indictment: Heavy On Charges, Light On Evidence

Michael Lacey Free on Bond in Backpage First Amendment Case

Feds Flip Ferrer: Backpage Owner and CEO Carl Ferrer Cops Plea to Federal and State Charges

Attorney for Ex-Backpage Owner Michael Lacey: ‘He’s a fighter. He’s a First Amendment guy.’

Federal Backpage Indictment: Bloated with Familiar Bluster; No Sex-Trafficking Charges

Feds Seize Backpage, Arrest Former Owners in Act of Direct Government Censorship

Elizabeth Nolan Brown Dissects the Latest California Backpage Ruling

Right-Wing Former U.S. Rep. Linda Smith Wages War on Free Speech and Sex

Techdirt Update on California’s Pursuit of Backpage and the Looming SESTA Threat

Look, Ma, No Handcuffs! Judge Dismisses Backpage.com Pimping Charges, Invites California Attorney General to Try to Prove Money-Laundering Allegations

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About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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