Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are among the newspaper men who have been killing it in this industry since 1970. They have owned a number of newspaper sites including Times New and Village Voice Media (VVM). However, in 2012, they decided to sell the VVM remaining with only the backpage.com. The two are also the founders of FrontPage Confidential founded in 2017 for the purpose of news and analysis of First Amendment.
Apart from writing news reports, Jim and Michael engage in charitable acts like donating money to the less fortunate persons in the society. They do this through Frontera Fund which was founded using the $3.75 million compensation they received after winning the 2007 case. The fund entails donation of money to deserving Latin America organizations in Arizona. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Recently, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested and their site backpage.com shut down by the government agencies. The central allegations as of now are that their sites have been facilitating sex trafficking.
The accusations are however speculated to be government propaganda as the government is also against the first amendments new analysis that Jim an Michael captured in their sites as it revealed extra information to the general public. Since ether arrest on 6th April 2018, the internet more so Twitter has not been at ease. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lacey-larkin-speak-out-on-trump-pardon-of-arpaio-9879938 and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/
Everyone irrespective of their social class seems to be bothered about the whole arrest and the closure of the newspaper men sites. Among the people who have been so uneasy about the issue are John McCain and his wife, Cindy McCain. Cindy strongly believes that the accusations are correct as she had once reported on the company’s incident of selling children for sex.
Cindy has even gone an extra mile and testified for Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) waiting for approval signature by Donald Trump. Regardless of how Cindy’s allegations are correct they cannot be 100% relied on as she may be paying revenge for the harsh report Jim and Michael once made on Times New magazine.
Irrespective of what everyone thinks concerning the uproar, the final decision lies with the judges. The lawyers of Jim and Michael are however confident that their clients will soon be out of detention as in the previous cases.