‘Silk Street’ Creator is Not a Drug Vendor: Protection Lawyer

A San Francisco man who launched an underground web site as an financial experiment earlier than abandoning it was fooled into taking the autumn when investigators concluded it was used virtually solely for drug dealing, a protection lawyer advised jurors Tuesday after the federal government portrayed his shopper because the mastermind of a worldwide digital drug market. Ross William Ulbricht was "left holding the bag" by operators of the Silk Street web site after they have been alerted that federal investigators have been closing in, protection lawyer Joshua Dratel stated in his opening assertion at Ulbricht’s felony trial. "Ross is just not a drug supplier. Ross just isn’t a kingpin. Ross just isn’t concerned in a conspiracy," Dratel stated. The 30-yr-previous has pleaded not responsible to expenses of narcotics trafficking, pc hacking and cash laundering. Minutes earlier, Assistant U.S. Lawyer Timothy Howard described Ulbricht as all of these issues and extra, calling him a kingpin who created an internet site the place "anyone anyplace on the planet might purchase and promote harmful medicine with a click on of a mouse." Howard stated it was "as fast and straightforward as bizarre on-line purchasing." A few dozen protesters stood in entrance of the courthouse for a part of the day with indicators and jury nullification fliers in help of Ulbricht.

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First revealed January 14 2015, 10:28 AM