Joy Bertrand: kicking ass and taking names (via Facebook)

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. Fear the Red Pumps Joy Bertrand, attorney for ex-Backpage.com employee Joye Vaught, gave a brilliant closing statement…

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Note: For regular updates during breaks in the proceedings, follow @stephenlemons on Twitter/X, search for #BackpageTrial. The worst part of sitting through the testimony in the Backpage trial is waiting for the prosecution to “pass” the witness to the attorneys…

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…

Joy Bertrand

At the Backpage trial in Phoenix’s federal court on Tuesday, prosecutors continued to introduce prejudicial material into the trial involving sex trafficking and child sex trafficking, drawing yet another mistrial motion from defense attorneys. It was the defense’s fourth mistrial…

Pink Elephant

After a half-day of trial on Friday, Sept. 15 in Phoenix, wherein federal proecutors made numerous references to children and child sex trafficking in the Backpage case, Joy Bertrand, attorney for Joye Vaught, a former Backpage employee, renewed the defense’s…

Judge Diane Humetewa

The Backpage trial nearly jumped the tracks on Thursday in Phoenix’s federal court after the defense called twice for a mistrial, only to be denied each time by U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa. Both motions involved material concerning children…

CashApp

A recent article in Forbes by the magazine’s associate editor, Thomas Brewster, accuses the popular money-transfer giant Cash App of being the “payment tool of choice” for sex trafficking and child sexual abuse material (CSAM), aka, child pornography. However, Brewster’s…

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Knowing their case had gone drastically awry, in early September, government attorneys “goaded” the defense into successfully moving for a mistrial in the Lacey/Larkin case, part of a long pattern of prosecutorial misconduct. To protect the defendants from a violation…

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Your taxes at work: Kamala Harris’s fave cop, California DOJ agent Brian Fichtner, spent around two days last week in the Lacey/Larkin trial reading saucy language and eyeballing naked and semi-naked ladies who allegedly once appeared in the Sacramento escorts…

First Amendment

PLEASE ALSO READ: A STATEMENT FROM LACEY AND LARKIN ON THEIR 2021 TRIAL 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…