SAN FRANCISCO—In his first court appearance since being arrested, Silk Road 2.0 suspect Blake Benthall appeared before a federal judge on Thursday. He was not in handcuffs or shackles; the accused wore street clothes, including a gray hoodie that read “INTERNET BETTER” across the back.

During the brief hearing, Benthall did not speak other than to say that he is the named suspect and to confirm his age as 26. He looked at a few women and a couple of men seated in court and appeared to be holding back tears, but those people declined to speak to Ars before or after the hearing.
His attorney, Daniel Blank, a federal public defender, said that he only met his client for the first time in court on Thursday. “You could fill a large volume with what I don’t know,” Blank told reporters after the hearing.
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