money

Staring down the barrel of an expensive retrial triggered by intentional government overreach, defense attorneys in the Lacey/Larkin case are asking federal Judge Diane Humetewa to release a fraction of the millions of dollars in assets illegally seized by the…

piracy

Ruling strictly on procedural grounds, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed a challenge to the federal government’s seizure of millions of dollars in assets belonging to longtime publishers and journalists Michael Lacey and Jim…

gavel

In a 12-page decision issued on December 20 from his chambers in Los Angeles, U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner brushed aside a First Amendment challenge to the federal government’s seizure of millions in publishing proceeds as part of…

1874 painting entitled 'French retreat from Russia in 1812,' by Illarion Mikhailovich Pryanishnikov, showing French soldiers stumbling through the snow

“We are like the French troops in Russia when the snow started falling. The difference is we have winter coats and better lawyers.” –Michael Lacey, Backpage defendant, veteran newspaperman, and First Amendment stalwart A federal judge in Phoenix has rejected…