The following represents the opinion of the author and no one else. Government attorneys in the Backpage case previously signaled their intention to retry veteran newspaperman Michael Lacey on outstanding counts against him, asking for and getting a tentative trial…

UPDATE April 18, 2024: Judge Humetewa has pushed back the sentencing date for the three Backpage defendants. Journalist Michael Lacey will be sentenced June 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. John Brunst will be sentenced the same day at 9:30 a.m….

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…