Ross Ulbricht appeals his Silk Street conviction

Ross Ulbricht appeals his Silk Road conviction

Silk Street founder Ross Ulbricht is not taking his conviction laying down. His attorneys have appealed for a brand new trial within the case, primarily citing proof of corrupt DEA and Secret Service brokers that wasn’t revealed till after the unique trial. Allegedly, the federal government hid the brokers’ bitcoin laundering actions till it was too late, probably skewing the result. As they each labored collectively and had expertise with forensics (within the Secret Service agent’s case), there is a risk that they might have planted proof to ensure the conviction.

Not that the protection is leaning solely on this doubt to provide Ulbricht a second probability. It notes that the decide excluded a press release from a Silk Street employee who believed that a number of individuals used the Dread Pirate Roberts nickname, not simply Ulbricht. The attraction additionally returns to pre-trial claims that regulation enforcement used exceptionally broad (and in a single case, warrantless) searches to gather proof. Furthermore, it accuses the courtroom of denying alternatives to look at key witnesses, and argues that a sentence of life with out parole is harsh for somebody whose huge crime was operating a Deep Net website that did not market particular unlawful items. The courtroom did not should go that far to scare off would-be imitators, in line with the legal professionals.

There is no ensures that the attraction will fly, not to mention that Ulbricht will get off the hook if there is a retrial. In any case, there’s nonetheless proof immediately linking him to the Dread Pirate Roberts deal with within the service’s early days. With that stated, Ulbricht might need to take any break he can get — the prospect of even a barely lowered sentence is perhaps worthwhile.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Vicki Behringer]

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