SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California attorney general is pursuing new charges against the operators of a website advertising escort services up to two weeks after a judge threw out an earlier case.
Kamala Harris, an incoming senator from the V. S., said Friday that they charged Backpage.com executives Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey and James Larkin with 13 counts of pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping. They are also charged with 26 counts of money laundering.
Harris says the new rates are on the basis of new evidence. It comes after a Sacramento County judge threw out pimping charges against the men on Dec. 9, under the entry of the federal free-speech laws.
Harris claims Backpage.com illegally channeled money through several companies and made from different websites to get around banks that refused to process transactions.
Lawyers for Ferrer, Lacey and Larkin did not immediately respond to requests for comment.