Defense attorneys in the Lacey/Larkin trial fought like feral bobcats on Friday to block inflammatory testimony from a woman trafficked as a teen and advertised in adult ads posted by herself and pimps to the now-defunct classified-listings site, Backpage.com. Federal…

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MAJOR POINTS Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin and four codefendants currently face 100 counts including the following: facilitating misdemeanor state prostitution offenses in violation of the U.S. Travel Act; money laundering; conspiracy to commit money laundering; and conspiracy to facilitate misdemeanor…

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Update  9/07/2021: Monday night, the defense filed a Motion for Acquittal and Mistrial, arguing that the prosecution’s disingenuous, inaccurate and needlessly pornographic  opening statement on Sep. 3 was so riddled with error that the jury has been “irretrievably tainted” by…

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The grueling process of picking a jury in the Lacey/Larkin trial played out Wednesday in the ultra-humid “special proceedings courtroom” of downtown Phoenix’s Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, itself a hothouse of steel and glass built by some architectural sadist…

Richard Ruelas

In hindsight, I should not be surprised by “reporter” Richard Ruelas’ shameful steaming pile of a hit piece in the Arizona Republic yesterday. After all, the first thing the Republic lifer did when veteran newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin…

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In a motion filed Tuesday in federal court in Phoenix, the government asserts that attorneys for Village Voice Media (VVM), the 17-paper alt-media chain once co-owned by veteran newsmen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, advised VVM that the Craigslist-inspired classified…

Paul Cambria

On Friday in federal court in Phoenix, defense attorney Paul Cambria came ready to rumble. It was the last pre-trial conference before the U.S. Government’s railroading of storied newspapermen Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin picks up steam on day one of trial,…

Update Aug. 17, 2021: On the same day as Judge Brnovich’s order below, Bruce Feder, attorney for one of Lacey and Larkin’s co-defendants, Scott Spear, entered a “response and opposition to court order accelerating trial.” Feder explains on the record…

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The mendacity of the federal government’s prosecution of award-winning journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin knows no bounds. With less than a month before Lacey and Larkin’s Aug. 23 trial on allegations that they facilitated prostitution due to their former…

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During a June 7 status conference in Phoenix’s federal court in the Lacey/Larkin case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Rapp, the lead attorney for the government, made an assertion nearly as absurd as the poofy, Liberace-style hairdo that he regularly sports….