The seizure of Backpage.com, arrests, and jailing of veteran newspapermen Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey came in the wake of colossal accusation of their involvement in money laundering and facilitating prostitution. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The federal agents had also raided their homes. Backpage was seized due to long fought allegations, which indicated that the company was an ‘online brothel’, it was further alleged that the company facilitated sex trafficking. In the year 2015, Larkin and Lacey sold their Backpage interest to CEO Carl Ferrer. The 93-count indictment was said to have involved seven individuals, but the only names that were known at the time were Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Lacey’s attorney informed Front Page Confidential that they intend to vigorously pursue his release. Cambria felt that the government’s move of shutting down these forms of speech was an infringement of constitutional rights. It is also apparent that Backpage had been at loggerheads McCain family. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/
Michael Lacey was brought up in Newark, N.J., before moving west in the 1960s where he attended Arizona State University. In 1970, Michael Lacey together with other students published the Phoenix New Times, which was a response prevailing local media’s coverage that touched on antiwar protests of campus students.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin met at New Times where Michael Lacey worked as the executive editor while Jim Larkin headed the advertising unit. They explored various political and social issues helping the alternative newspaper gain prominence.
New Times purchased Denver’s weekly in the year 1983. This marked the expansion that would later include a multimillion-dollar conglomerate that comprised of other 17 like-minded papers.
As it is the case with Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin too was a drop out of Arizona State University. Both have a long history together both university to the media industry. They have worked their way up the ladder together and became successful together.
On October 18, 2007, both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested in their respective homes for their earlier claims in Phoenix New Times, which indicated that the grand jury subpoenas aimed at the paper’s editors and writers. This was seen as an insult to the constitution of the United States.
This was followed by a public outcry that led to dropping of all charges against the two. The subpoenas were later quashed, which marked an end to the grand-jury inquiry. It was later revealed that the prosecutor was vengeful and the warrants issued by the grand jury were counterfeits.
The business partners established the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in 2014. The aim of this establishment was to distribute this money Latin-American groups who lived in the state of Arizona