PHOENIX – Lawyers defending the founders of the classified site Backpage.com against alleg...

Defense lawyers say 1st Amendment protected ads on Backpage – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

PHOENIX – Lawyers defending the founders of the classified site Backpage.com against allegations they knowingly ran ads for prostitution told jurors Wednesday that the adult service ads published by their clients were controversial but ultimately protected by the First Amendment.Attorneys for Michael Lacey and James Larkin said in opening statements at their trial that the site ran legally allowable ads for escort services, but didn’t publish ads for sex. They say the site beefed up its staff and methods for spotting illegal ads, helped authorities in investigating sexual trafficking cases and earned compliments from law enforcement for their assistance.“Backpage was …

 

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