Seven people charged in connection with the Backpage.com advertising and money-laundering case have been scheduled for trial in January, 2020. Michael Lacey, one of the site’s founders, described the case as “nonsense.”

All seven have pleaded not guilty.

Former Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer earlier pleaded guilty, agreed to testify against the defendants, and faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine, plus forfeiture of assets he received while running Backpage.

Lacey and Jim Larkin, the site’s other founder, appeared in federal court in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday for a hearing where the court date was set. For coverage from The Associated Press, click here.

 

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