Michael Lacey appeared before the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee for a hearing in January 2017. He appealed his rights not to testify before the panel. The government agencies arrested and jailed Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after seizing their site.
On an update released at 2:43 PM on April 9, 2018, Carl Ferrer, site CEO, is not among the accused although his name is in the text. Nobody is charged with sex trafficking on the report.
The 5:00 PM hearing had Scott Spear, Jim Larkin, and John Brunst appearing before Bridget Bade, Magistrate, at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Arizona. They were charged with money laundering while Spear and Larkin faced other charges like facilitating prostitution. The three pleaded innocent, and Spear and Brunst were released. Larkin was held waiting for a detention hearing. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
A legion of police officers acting on a federal indictment invaded the house of the veteran newspaperman at night. Passers-by and witnesses reported that the law-enforcers carted away his possessions after the raid. They also raided Lacey longtime business partner and friend, Jim Larkin, and his Sedona home.
In 1970, Larkin and Lacey founded the flagship Phoenix New Times. The two were running the Backpage.com website during the time of their arrest. Police officials also seized the site. Backpage.com has been accused of promoting sex trafficking for a long time. In 2015, the pair sold their Backpage.com shares to Carl Ferrer.
In 2017, Lacey and Larkin established Front Page Confidential to offer analysis and news on First Amendment issues. Their arrest and government quashing their website are significant assaults on press freedom. Paul Cambria, the pair lawyer, revealed the days when the pair will go for hearing.
He mentioned that his client is not guilty of any charges. The advocate decried the police act of censorship taking down the website. According to him, the site was a platform for promotions. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Cindy McCain, the wife to Senator John McCain, was interviewed by a media house as she volunteers to chair the Arizona Governor’s Human Trafficking Council. The chairperson had information about the website bust. She had the site executives to change their operations as the government closes such media forums.
Lacey and Larkin
Michael Lacey is a renowned mathematician in the US. He uses his skills and experience to empower students and graduates. Jim Larkin is an activist who advocates for the better working environment. He has founded labor parties to provide a platform for workers to air their grievances.
The loud national outcry led to Lacey and Larkin’s release in less than 24 hours with all accusations dropped. The court found the two innocent and had to receive $3.7 million as a settlement by Maricopa County. They used the Frontera funds to support human rights movements in Arizona.