It should be noted that while the trial’s notable for a lot of technical reasons, the dude did try to have six people murdered.
That’s what I thought. But why isn’t he being charged with attempted murder for hire? Is the evidence for it weak or inadmissible – maybe they got it via NSA snooping, hoped to scare the guy into a plea deal, and he didn’t bite?
The Gov’t didn’t feel like they had enough to charge him in the one set-up they had done; the other 5 hits may have just been him paying $650k and getting conned. But because the jude is allowing that evidence in the case, the prosecutors can talk about the allegations and investigation details in open court.
Not a good place to be in if you’re sitting in the defendant’s chair.
I hope this proves to be as entertaining as I hope. Radical Libertarianism doesn’t so much need a trial as a swift kick in the pants.
I’m always laughing at the number of “Free Men” crying about how money laundering and running hits (that were probably/hopefully yet another Bitcoin scam) are “victimless crimes” and we’re “wasting money”.
Granted, I’m 100% in favor of easing/ending the drug war with reasonable caveats, but I’m also fine with Ulbricht going down for these particular charges.
Note to self: Do not call control page “Mastermind.” Call it “Humble Service to the Poor.”
The write-ups of the investigation and arrest were a great read. Almost as madcap as the sagas of Bo Stefan Ericsson.
Both would make for great movies. Perchance @Donald_Petersen could make that happen for us.
This is the Gizmondo dude who wrecked his Ferrari, right? Oh, man. John Romero’s got nothing on that guy.
But Ulbricht’s defense team, led by renowned terrorism-case defense attorney Joshua Dratel and financed in part by donations from bitcoin mogul Roger Ver
This is the Roger Ver who renounced US citizenship for tax-evasion purposes and is now complaining that he can’t simply buy a new boat to replace the one he burned? Funding an alleged conspirator of “narcotics, hacking and money laundering” probably isn’t helping his application for a visa.
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