Mistrial Declared in Backpage Case

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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  1. Oscar Gordon
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    Crap like this is why I push back against hate speech laws and other “know it when I see it” legal reasoning.

    Witch hunt, indeed.Report

  2. Jaybird
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    You can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride.Report

  3. Mike Schilling
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    The real smoking gun is the relationship between sex trafficking and the Covid vaccine.Report

  4. veronica d
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    It’s hard to get across just how crazy this all is. There is cottage industry of “experts” on sex trafficking who make these sorts of claims. It is not based on any real knowledge, research or experience. It is based on people sitting around and thinking about what sex traffickers might do. Or looking at the evidence and trying to wedge it into a sex-trafficker shaped mold, using whatever nonsensical arguments they can. In other words, they start with the conclusion that all sex work is trafficking and all terms in sex ads relate to trafficking. Then it’s only a matter of figuring out how the pieces fit together.

    Thank you so much for posting this. These people are outright liars. However, because the main victims of their lies are a marginalized group, specifically the sex workers themselves, few people care very much. To me it is personal — not that I’m a sex worker, but I am close to a few sex workers. They’re friends and I care about them. It’s so awful to see bad laws being pushed by dishonest people. It’s even worse to see how easily those lies can spread. After all, who doesn’t want to protect “trafficked” women?

    Grrrrrr!

    It is refreshing when people can see through the lies and say so clearly.Report

  5. LeeEsq
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    Government lawyers are capable of making some really bizarre arguments.Report

  6. LeeEsq
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    The main issue on why government lawyers do this besides the fact that many of them really believe it is that being a government prosecutor is a great way to get into politics. Rallying against “you bad people” is a surefire hit with the electorate in most countries. Americans really love the “you bad people” thing a lot as a citizenry.Report

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