You’re a sheriff, and you want a way to end something that’s not illegal, a classifieds website. You only have so many options in a country which guarantees free speech.
Thomas Dart is just such a sheriff, in America’s second-most populated county, Cook County, Illinois, which encompasses Chicago. Last year, 292 out of 457 Chicago murder cases went without a suspect charged, but Dart is not making the headlines for that reason. He’s making the headlines because he took the time to write letters to Visa and MasterCard, asking that they stop processing classified orders for Backpage.com, a classifieds website similar to Craigslist.
The difference [...]