Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice is a phrase we’re hearing a lot in the news today. But it doesn’t just have to do with presidential politics. Obstruction of justice can take many forms. Like that time when Tony Ortega’s sleazy Backpage bosses, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, sold the Village Voice.

They split the sale, removing from the offer the Backpage sex ad site. This of course was the paper’s goose that laid the golden eggs. And the revenue they generated from selling women for sex was all they ever cared about.

Immediately after the sale went through they paid off Ortega and according to the official testimony in the hearings he was paid to go away and keep quiet about the whole affair. This is textbook obstruction of justice. Once Tony Ortega was safely sequestered and out of the way  the next phase of their corporate shill game was complete – making Backpage a stand-alone business which they controlled and operated.

The now-sold Village Voice, crippled from the waves of mass firings instituted by editor Tony Ortega, saw a precipitous drop in its circulation. Official accounts put it at a a staggering 12.4 percent during the last six-month reporting period Ortega was running the place.  All of which has started prosecutors wondering if the sole function of the paper was nothing more than a front for the ultimate launch of the biggest International Brothel ring the world has ever seen — Backpage.

Ortega, who has always been a lackey willing to do the lowly bidding of his masters while working his previous job for his Phoenix bosses, was always a staunch defender of the adult ads. He would often go so far as to choreograph stories for the Village Voice and the company’s other publications, routinely attacking and minimizing governmental statistics highlighting the national epidemic of human trafficking.

Though the case is working its way through the courts now, we’ve already learned that executives from the Voice have admitted in open testimony that they played this corporate shill game. From the beginning there was a planned marriage between the paper and the Backpage, and part of that plan was always to be the orchestrated uncoupling of the two.

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