Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht seeks new trial, defense team files multipage argument

Crime | January 13, 2016 By:

Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht’s defense team filed a multipage argument with a list of improprieties and abuses in Ulbricht’s investigation and trial.

In a new filing submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Ulbricht’s defense – which declared its intent to appeal in June – argued that the court hid key evidence, particularly the actions of federal agents Carl Mark Force IV and Shaun Bridges amid the US government’s investigation of the Silk Road.

The defense also questioned the legality of some of the searches and seizures conducted during the federal investigation, and said that Ulbricht’s rights to due process and a fair trial had been denied.

Ross Ulbricht Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison in May after being convicted in February of last year. He was found guilty on all seven counts ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and computer hacking. Prosecutors described Ulbricht “as a power-hungry kingpin who used threats of violence and murder to protect his multimillion-dollar drug empire.”