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posted by janrinok on Monday December 26 2016, @09:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed dept.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who will be resigning soon prior to joining Congress as a U.S. Senator, has filed new "pimping" charges against the CEO and other executives of Backpage. The previous set of charges were dismissed by a judge less than two weeks ago. Backpage is an online classified advertising website known for its listings of escort services:

Harris said the new charges were based on new evidence. A Sacramento County judge threw out pimping charges against the men on 9 December, citing federal free-speech laws. In the latest case, filed in Sacramento County superior court, Harris claims Backpage illegally funnelled money through multiple companies and created various websites to get around banks that refused to process transactions. She also alleged that the company used photos of women from Backpage on other sites without their permission in order to increase revenue and knowingly profited from the proceeds of prostitution.

"By creating an online brothel – a hotbed of illicit and exploitative activity – Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey, and James Larkin preyed on vulnerable victims, including children, and profited from their exploitation," Harris said in a statement.


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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday December 27 2016, @01:05AM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday December 27 2016, @01:05AM (#446210) Journal

    Although it doesn't reflect well on her character, that seems to be the norm for AGs. And if they are shuffling into higher political offices, it's no surprise that they want to be seen as tough on crime.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27 2016, @02:00AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27 2016, @02:00AM (#446217)
    How can you be “tough on crime” when YOU’RE TRYING TO KEEP IMPRISONED SOMEONE THE JUDGE AND JURY CONCLUDED WAS INNOCENT⁈ Defying the authority of the courts to rule that someone is innocent looks rather more like criminal behaviour instead, and shows contempt for the rule of law.
    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by takyon on Tuesday December 27 2016, @02:17AM

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday December 27 2016, @02:17AM (#446218) Journal

      "Tough on crime" also means incarcerating drug users, putting everyone on the sex offender list, and 3 strikes laws. It doesn't have to make sense. It just has to be tough. There can be no sign of weakness, compromise, or remorse.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27 2016, @04:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 27 2016, @04:22PM (#446367)

      guy pulls away his down comforter looks around and realizes prosecuters and politicians are scum bags. welcome to reality!

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by TheRaven on Tuesday December 27 2016, @07:54AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday December 27 2016, @07:54AM (#446263) Journal
    Remind me again why you guys think it's a good idea having elected attorneys general?
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