Backpage Execs Ask 9th Circuit to Force Trial Judge’s Recusal

LOS ANGELES—About a month after federal Judge Susan Brnovich refused to step down from the trial of Backpage co-founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, the defendants are keeping up the fight.  According to court documents, lawyers for the indicted Backpage execs have asked the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to step in, and force […]

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Backpage Co-Founder Michael Lacey Pens Screed Attacking Judge

LOS ANGELES—Facing trial in federal court on dozens of charges stemming from the 2018 seizure of, the online classified ad site he co-founded, Michael Lacey last week published an online screed attacking the federal judge who will preside over his trial. The trial, in which Lacey and co-founder James Larkin are co-defendants, is set to […]

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Backpage Judge Will Not Recuse Despite Being Married to State AG

LOS ANGELES—Facing a trial on a 93-count indictment on charges including money laundering and facilitating prostitution, the founders of the now-shuttered classified ad site Backpage last month demanded that the judge in the case step down. Michael Lacey, 70, and James Larkin, 69, accused the judge of bias because her husband is Arizona’s Attorney General, who […]

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