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,…

Clinton Jencks

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. Nothing to See Here, Move Along At the Backpage trial in federal court in Phoenix, a…

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. On Thursday morning in Phoenix’s federal court, there was a 40-minute hearing before Judge Diane Humetewa in…

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…

1984

You may remember the passage from George Orwell’s novel 1984, in which protagonist Winston Smith’s torturer tells him, “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” This quote came to mind…

Carl Ferrer

All that was missing was the apple in his mouth. Defense attorneys Gary Lincenberg and Paul Cambria took turns roasting prosecution witness Carl Ferrer on a legal spit during cross-examination at the Backpage trial on Wednesday in downtown Phoenix’s Sandra…