The federal human trafficking trial for Backpage founders Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey is being overseen by United States District Judge Susan Brnovich. Judge Brnovich is married to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Larkin and Lacey are now trying to get Judge Brnovich recused from their trial but not for the reason you may think.
While yes, with the Brnoviches being married that could be seen as a potential conflict of interest. However, the alleged internet trafficking moguls was Judge Brnovich recused because of a booklet on human trafficking that her husband’s office published.
In a court filing Wednesday, attorneys for Backpage founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin criticized statements made in a human trafficking booklet published by the attorney general’s office, which describes the ad site as a place where sex is frequently purchased. The request for Judge Susan Brnovich to recuse herself also said the attorney general has invited members of the public to visit websites that contain inflammatory information about Backpage and its operators.
“He has publicly claimed that Backpage.com facilitated illegal prostitution — the issue at the core of this case,” wrote the defense lawyers, who said they discovered the booklet two weeks ago. “He also has publicly claimed Backpage.com facilitated sex trafficking and called on Congress to change federal law so he himself would not be barred from prosecuting Backpage.com and/or defendants. He has publicly aligned himself with others who have publicly made similar claims.”
So, I decided to track down this booklet for myself and see the alleged inflammatory statements the Attorney General’s office made about Backpage. As with most of Backpage’s legal claims, this one doesn’t really seem to be based in reality.
Out of the 47-page booklet, Backpage is mentioned exactly three times and only on one page. Here it is…
That’s it, folks. Their entire convoluted concept to try to recuse a federal judge is all on that one page. And as far as I’m concerned, all the statements made on that page are true. You can see the entire booklet for yourself here.
While I’m no legal expert, this feels like a desperate attempt for Larkin and Lacey to gain any kind of advantage in their 2021 trial. If it wasn’t for COVID-19, these jackals may have already been sent to prison.
And for all you people jumping on the ‘child trafficking concern’ bandwagon recently, this is where children were being trafficked for over a decade before you even heard the phrase ‘deep state’.
Why yes, I am still salty over this.
UPDATE 10/28/20: Judge Brnovich has refused to recuse herself stating…
“Indeed, the Court is an independent person from AG Brnovich, and the average person on the street would not reasonably believe that the Court would approach this case in a partial manner”