Michael Lacey under county arrest at his Paradise Valley, AZ residence. The Internet Giant That Went Too Far, Wired Magazine. July 2019. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin face life in prison for owning backpage.com. Found guilty, this sets a scary legal precedent for Silicon Valley. Lawmakers would have torn a hole in Sec 230 of the Comm Act, holding platforms such as Facebook accountable, no longer immunized from user generated content.