SILK ROAD TRIAL WRAP UP by TECH CRUNCHLINK: http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/04/recapping-week-three-of-the-silk-road-trial/#mzpYil:EkJ
from Tech Crunch by John Bush
In week three of the trial, the jury learned how a google search led the IRS to Ross Ulbricht and how activities referenced in Ulbricht’s personal emails were also found in private chats between Silk Road’s main administrator, Dread Pirate Roberts, and his associates.
|Ross William Ulbricht during opening statements|
|Defense Attorney Joshua Dratel gives opening statement|
On the final day of week three proceedings, the jury heard from former FBI Agent, Ilhwan Yum about the results of a bitcoin transaction analysis he conducted on Bitcoin wallets found on Silk Road servers and Ulbricht’s seized laptop. Yum, who played a major role in the seizure of Silk Road’s servers, found a total of 2,105,127 bitcoin addresses on Silk Road servers and 11,135 on Ulbricht’s laptop.
|Former FBI Agent, Ilhwan Yum testifies about the results of a Bitcoin transaction analysis he conducted on Bitcoin wallets found on Silk Road servers and Ulbricht’s seized laptop|
|FBI consultant Brian Shaw introduces material found on |
Ulbrichts' computer including chats about a murder for hire plot.
|Defendant Ross Ulbricht during murder for hire testimony with quote on screen: |
" commissioned hit on black mailer with Hells Angels"
|AUSA Serrin Turner gives closing statement|
|AUSA Timothy Howard give closing rebuttal statement.|
The jury took fewer than four hours to convict Ross Ulbricht, the creator of Silk Road, of running a multimillion-dollar drug-trafficking operation from his laptop computer.
Ulbricht, 30, was convicted on all seven counts related to the trafficking and faces 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in May.
|Wide shot with courtroom deputy Joseph Pecorino reading guilty verdict|