The Trench Reynolds Report

All Crime Is Personal

If you’ll recall, earlier this year, the Federal Government seized Backpage.com for knowingly taking an active role in the alleged human trafficking of the girls and women posted to their adult ads section and money laundering. The company was also accused of changing the wording in ads submitted to them to make the prostitution ads …

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In a previous post, I wondered what Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer’s role was in the Federal seizure of Backpage since his name did not appear on the 93-count indictment against other Backpage heads and employees. Now we know as it has been announced that prior to the seizure of Backpage, Ferrer pleaded guilty to charges …

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UPDATE 4/30/2018: Lacey and Larkin’s federal trial has been scheduled for January 2020. *** I’ve been behind in posting stories about the legal battles befalling Backpage, such as the passage of the SESTA/FOSTA bill that would amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The legislation is worded so websites that knowingly facilitate …

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Back in December, I was concerned that incoming California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, wouldn’t pursue charges against Backpage like his predecessor Kamala Harris did. Those fears were allayed after the Sacramento County Superior Court overruled defense dismissal motions, meaning prosecution against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and Backpage shareholders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. While the …

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris, has filed new charges against the heads of Backpage. After having the pimping charges against Backpage dismissed, Harris is now pursuing charges of money laundering, 26 counts of it to be exact. While these new charges have been filed against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and shareholders Michael Lacey and Jim …

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As expected, this past Friday, a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge dismissed the pimping charges against Backpage heads CEO Carl Ferrer, and shareholders Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin. As was also expected, the judge cited the Communications Decency Act of 1996. What else I can say that I haven’t said already? 20 years in internet …

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I knew it was too good to be true but it was worth a shot. Earlier today, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman stated that he was going to dismiss the pimping charges against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer, and shareholders Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin. Not surprisingly, Judge Bowman cited the Communications Decency Act …

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Backpage attorney Liz Mcougall has finally commented on the arrest of Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer on pimping charges. This past week she had the following to say… The attorney for Backpage.com is blasting the raid on the online classified ad portal’s Dallas headquarters and the arrest of chief executive Carl Ferrer as “an election year …

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Earlier today, Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested on prostitution and child prostitution charges after departing a flight from Amsterdam at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. The warrant, out of the state of California, alleges that 99% of Baclkpage’s revenue comes from the money it makes off of prostitution ads. Along with Ferrer’s arrest, the offices …

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Despite support, sex trade ad bill faces uphill battle: I originally posted about the SAVE act proposed by Illinois Senator Mark Kirk here. Backpage has responded to the latest threat through usual means with the typical response. Let’s hear from Backpage’s legal weasel Liz McDougall… “The aim of stopping the sex trafficking of minors, indeed …

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