Deliberations Began on Silk Road Trial Added: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Jury deliberations began in the trial of the alleged operator of the online black market website known as Silk Road. The prosecutors claim that Ross Ulbricht, 30, was the mastermind behind a scheme that enabled about $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
A federal judge in Manhattan dispatched the 6 men and 6 women on the jury to consider the fate of the suspected website operator. So far, Ross faces 7 counts, including drugs trafficking. Being accused of running the Silk Road website under the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, the young man faces up to life sentence if convicted.
The illegal marketplace existed online from at least January 2011 to October 2013. Finally, the law enforcement authorities managed to seize the site and arrest Ross Ulbricht at a public library in San Francisco.
Over the 33 months of the site’s operation, Silk Road had generated almost $214 million in sales and $13 million in commissions, according to prosecutors. While Ross Ulbricht did concede that he was the Silk Road creator, his lawyer claimed that the service was initially launched as a “freewheeling, free market website” to trade anything except a few harmful items. His lawyer also claims that after Ulbricht’s experiment became too stressful for him, as the site grew and expanded, Ross eventually handed it off to other operators and became their “fall guy” in the end. Ulbricht insists that the Silk Road’s true operators lured him back toward the end of the site.
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Saturday, February 21st, 2015
|posted by (2015-02-21 01:35:05)|
|If he is guilty, then so is Craigslist for every dirty deal made online using Craigslist for people to find each other. The Public library is a physical public meeting space, so if I meet you there and we exchange drugs, or agree on a contract for murder, or just decide to date one another, everything is the fault of the city because they own the library and that is where we met? This whole trial is stupid.|
|DPR had a good run most likely if it was just the knock off stuff like the metropolitan police badge and fake rolex`s things might have not been quite as bad for him but the market place was directed towards the international drug distribution and the Man is not so forgiving with that since drugs promote more crime in most cases and it`s not just solitary users but criminal gangs they sold too,we won`t even go to the hire a hitman part of the market,needless to say he profited greatly from what was done on site and playing the Dupe is not going to wash,I visited the site to see the linux distros they were selling on usb sticks pre-configured security o/s.|
|I don't think this should be a case for a life sentence, if anything 5-10 years in the feds maybe but even that seems harsh!|
|What a farce, these laws the government choose to prosecute and the one`s they commit themselves is hypocrisy at its best! So (ERIC Holder) and the rest of the cronies need to be rounded up for life in prison sentences! Life in prison should not be a option. 10 years a bunch of fines and pay something back to the society, this would ad the people and the laws we respect not life imprisoned!||
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