Decide denies mistrial in case towards Silk Street’s founder (once more)
For those who have been hoping that Ross Ulbricht (Dread Pirate Roberts of Silk Street fame) was going to get a retrial, you may wanna stroll these expectations again a bit. Okay; rather a lot. Regardless of the 2 former federal brokers concerned within the investigation purportedly stealing bitcoins and committing wire fraud through the investigation, the presiding decide Katherine Forrest has denied a movement for a brand new trial. Albrecht’s protection protested, saying that the warrantless makes an attempt to determine the Silk Street server violated his privateness rights and that the corruption expenses demanded one other look to see if the case had been tainted, as Wired tells it. None of that modified her thoughts although. She says that the proof of Ulbricht’s guilt was “overwhelming” and that there was little probability that conceding to any of these defenses would alter the result of the trial in any respect.
As for the probably corrupt feds investigating the case, Forrest reiterated that they have been part of a unique investigation (one based mostly out of Baltimore). The case that finally convicted Ulbricht was based mostly out of New York.
As Wired notes, there have been 5 different requests for a mistrial and all have been denied. That does not imply that Ulbricht’s protection group’s giving up forward of his tentative Might fifteenth sentencing, although. Not by an extended shot. Their subsequent transfer? Properly, they are going to file an attraction. Naturally.
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