Alleged Silk Road Chief Can’t Suppress Evidence
The man believed to have created the Silk Road website claimed that the charges in his indictment stemmed from an illegal search.
Ulbricht was charged in February with narcotics trafficking, conspiracy, running a criminal enterprise, conspiring to aid and abet computer hacking, money laundering, and conspiring to traffic in fraudulent identity documents. He is to go to trial on Nov. 10.
The federal government in July 2013 probed the website’s servers in Iceland, whose robust civil libertarian protections once provided a haven for WikiLeaks.
The search buttressed charges against its alleged founder Ross Ulbricht, who insisted that Uncle Sam did not have a warrant when it gleaned virtually all the evidence against him.
In a Friday ruling, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ridiculed his motion to suppress the fruits of this search.
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