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Jurors hear opposite views of whether Backpage founder knew the site was running sex ads

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at the criminal trial of a founder of the classified site heard opposite accounts in closing arguments of whether the founder knew there were prostitution ads on the site. Prosecutor Kevin Rapp says Michael Lacey was aware of the content of ads that had text and images indicative of prostitution. Lacey attorney Paul Cambria said his client had a good-faith belief that Backpage was being operated lawfully. Lacey and four former Backpage employees charged in the case pleaded not guilty to facilitating prostitution charges. Of the five, Lacey and two others pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges.

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