The challenges Lacey and Larkin have gone through in the fight for the First Amendment

The Backpage.com was a popular site in the United States, up until recently when it was brought down by the federal government. The FBI raided the site in April and seized it.

They also raided the homes of the former owners of the site and arrested them. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the founders of the site and used to run it until 2015 when they sold it. They are now behind bars for allegedly committing crime through the site. According to information which has been seized by the FBI, the site supported prostitution.

Although it was a marketplace for people to sell second-hand goods, it is said that some people were selling sex in full awareness of the owners. This matter has brought great controversy about the rights of the people to express themselves freely. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

According to the First Amendment, the right of the people to express themselves cannot be overridden by anyone or anything. When Michel Lacey and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey established this site, they wanted to give the people a platform to express themselves freely according to the powers given by the constitution. It however seems s someone in government have a different interpretation of the matter.

Lacey and Larkin have given the people a platform to express themselves, and that should be the end of their liability. They have no powers to stop others from expressing themselves when they are riding on the same provisions of the law.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin will now be in court facing accusations of money laundering, conspiring to commit a crime and benefitting from illegal prostitution.

However, despite all these allegations, they are not ready to quit on what they stand for, they will defend themselves to the end and reinstate the right of the people to express themselves. It is the second time that they are being placed behind bars for allegations of committing crimes using this site. They had another court case where they were accused of supporting pimping. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/

The case was thrown out by the charge based on the fact that the First Amendment had not been contravened by the two. All they had dome was to give the people a chance and a platform to speak their mind without fear. The judge insisted that there is no crime in giving people a platform to speak their mind. The same case is likely to happen in the current court case that they face.

Lacey And Larkin Being Accused Of Serious Federal Crime

The night of 6th April had brought in some bad news with it for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin were arrested from their homes at the middle of the night for involvement in a government censorship act.

Michael Lacey is a former veteran newspaperman. He had moved to the west in 1960 to study in the Arizona State University but had dropped out before completing the course. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Twitter
He and a group of other students published a newspaper Phoenix New Times which featured campus protests for anti-wars. On the night of his eviction, he was celebrating his marriage anniversary with his wife and family when the armed forces invaded in his house and arrested him.

They searched Lacey’s house up and down almost like if it was some kind of drug invasion and finally arrested him and hence Lacey was detained by the law enforcement officers. The FBI agents even drew away all of Michael Lacey’s possessions during the process. However Michael Lacey wasn’t the only victim of the raid.

The FBI also raided the house of Lacey’s business partner, Jim Larkin, and arrested him under the same accusation as Lacey. Lacey and Larkin were joint partners of their flagship newspaper Phoenix New Times and went to the same university. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://thenewsversion.com/2018/03/larkin-lacey-speak-happened-joe-arpaio/ and https://michael-lacey.com/

The case was made against one of the websites they owned known as “Backpage” and was charged with the act of government censorship and the site was seized. The company was charged to be an “online brothel” and also charged with severe allegations of trafficking. The owners fought for years to remove the accusations and claimed that all of it was a plot to trap them.

In the year 2015 Larkin and Lacey sold their share and interest in the company Backpage to its Chief Executive Director Carl Ferrar. The entire indictment consisted of seven other individual who were detained however on Larkin and Lacey’s names were brought up in the media and public limelight.

Larkin and Lacey found the “Front Page Confidential” in order to provide analysis of the first amendment matters regarding the arrest and the government’s step to demolish them and their websites with such serious accusation.

Lacey’s criminal defence lawyer Paul Cambria informed the Front Page Confidential that Michael Lacey was scheduled to be presented in front of the judge for hearing on the following Wednesday. On the other hand Jim Larkin was to be presented before the magistrate on the coming Monday.

They were both released finally after fighting long and pleaded “not guilty” of all the accusations and charges. They were being framed for being vocal about some government confidential matter and the Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was considered to be the mastermind behind the entire plot.

Not only Lacey and Larkin were released as “not guilty” but also were handed a settlement amount for the case. With the aid of that they opened up the Frontera Fund that would give the immigrants the right and support they deserved.