Craigslist, the advertising website in hot water over classified listings for prostitution, is striking back at criminal investigators in South Carolina -- even as seven New Yorkers were indicted on charges of running a prostitution ring through the site.
Henry McMaster. Pressured by state attorneys general after a masseuse who advertised on the site was killed, Craigslist last week made a series of changes to reduce the incidence of prostitution-related listings.
But McMaster set a deadline of last Friday. Responding to the Craigslist lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U. District Court in Charleston, S. The suit seeks a ruling that Craigslist is not liable for content posted on its site by third parties -- a legal argument the site and its defenders have repeated as scrutiny from state attorneys general intensified in recent weeks. In New York, five of the seven residents accused of running a prostitution ring through Craigslist were arrested Wednesday on charges of corruption, conspiracy and money laundering.
The five pleaded not guilty at their arraignment at state Supreme Court in Queens, where authorities say the operation was based. The search for the remaining two suspects was continuing. All Sections.
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