New hearing set for ‘Backpage Three’

25 Jan 2017

Arraignment for the “Backpage Three” — CEO Carl Ferrer and former (or current) owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin — has been rescheduled for Feb. 9.

California Superior Court Judge Curtis Fiorini postponed the arraignment in a hearing yesterday that touched on, among other things, a defense motion to have the case reassigned to a different judge, and to have the charges dismissed.

The 39 new charges against the men include money laundering, which was not included in the charges dismissed in December by Judge Michael G. Bowman. They are also charged with various pimping offenses dismissed by Bowman in the earlier case.

Attorneys for the men called the money laundering charges “utter nonsense” in a motion for dismissal, and said that since the earlier charges by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris were thrown out, “The AG does not get another bite at the apple.”

The attorneys also asked that the case be reassigned from Fiorini to Bowman, who threw out the original charges.

There’s coverage from the Sacramento Bee here, and the Associated Press here.

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