At Silk Road Closings, Jurors Hear Conflicting Accounts
In closing arguments Tuesday, a prosecutor urged jurors to adjust to the "digital fingerprints" of the San Francisco man who created the underground website Silk Road and to convict him of working a worldwide on-line drug group, nevertheless a safety lawyer countered that proof proves his shopper’s innocence. Assistant U.S. Lawyer Serrin Turner suggested the Manhattan federal courtroom jury that proof inside the three-week trial overwhelmingly proved 30-yr-earlier Ross William Ulbricht created the situation and operated it for nearly three years, until his 2013 arrest. "He custom-made constructed Silk Road to be an internet-based mostly storefront for drug sellers," Turner said. "He manned the cash register to make sure he obtained his reduce from every sale." Turner said jurors ought to try proof from Ulbricht’s laptop computer pc laptop, his nightstand, his social media accounts, his trash can and "everywhere else you’ve got obtained seen his digital fingerprints." Ulbricht’s lawyer, Joshua Dratel, struck once more on the authorities’s account, saying his shopper surrender Silk Road shortly after creating it and sooner than the website online was overrun by drug sellers. "Ross Ulbricht is not accountable of every rely inside the indictment," Dratel said of charges carrying a attainable penalty of life in jail. The lawyer knowledgeable jurors to distrust some proof because of "the Net should not be what it seems." He well-known that an investigator — the trial’s first witness — established dozens of identities on Silk Road. "You under no circumstances know who precisely is on the other facet of that laptop show," he said.
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— The Associated Press