A new judicial order in the Silk Road drug trafficking case has dealt a harsh blow to suspect Ross Ulbricht’s defense—less than a week before his criminal trial is scheduled to begin.
Ulbricht’s lawyer sought to remove the government’s evidence about the alleged six murders-for-hire from the case, but late Wednesday, US District Judge Katherine Forrest wrote that she will allow that evidence to be put in front of a jury, even though Ulbricht does not currently face charges of attempted murder.
The 45-page order sides with the government on almost every key point. This is likely the last major pre-trial order, and it tips the balance decisively in the government’s favor. The question now is whether it will push Ulbricht toward making a plea deal. If no deal is reached, Ulbricht will face a jury trial in a Manhattan courtroom next Tuesday morning.
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