November 12, 2014
Ross W. Ulbricht, the purported creator and administrator of the defunct underground website Silk Road, must face charges for narcotics trafficking and distribution, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting these crimes, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled Oct. 24.
Ulbricht, who prosecutors say was known online as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” or DPR, had argued the federal government could not consider him a so-called “kingpin” and hold him liable for “merely” aiding and abetting these crimes.
He asked the judge to dismiss those counts from the superseding indictment, which also charges him with money laundering and computer hacking — charges the court upheld in July.
The judge, however, said these theories may proceed simultaneously in criminal cases.
Ulbricht also lost a bid Oct. 10 to suppress evidence found on a computer server in Iceland. He denies the server is his property, so the court found he had no privacy interests to protect.
United States v. Ulbricht, No. 14-cr-68, 2014 WL 5410049 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 24, 2014).
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