Just before trial, the lawyer for accused drug kingpin Ross Ulbricht has made an unusual request to the judge: don’t let prosecutors read any online messages out loud.
Ulbricht is accused of being the “Dread Pirate Roberts” and making about $80 million running a Bitcoin-powered Tor-only website called the Silk Road. The site famously let users buy and sell all types of illegal narcotics.
Prosecutors are going to be making their cases with digital documents: private and public messages from Silk Road’s internal system, as well as logs that Ulbricht allegedly kept on his laptop. Ulbricht’s lawyer Joshua Dratel has said the jury should read that evidence to themselves, not hear the “Internet communications,” which include “chats, forum posts, and e-mails,” read out loud by others.
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