NEW YORK—A 12-member federal jury was picked here Tuesday to sit in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old Texan accused of running Silk Road, the Internet’s first large-scale drug-dealing website.

Ulbricht, whom the authorities claim is the “Dread Pirate Roberts” behind the site, was wearing a dark coat and motioned to family members when he entered the federal courtroom in Manhattan. The gallery in the courtroom of US District Judge Katherine Forrest was filled with about 30 onlookers and a dozen members of the press. Outside the courthouse, protesters were seen carrying placards reading “Web Hosting is not a crime! WTF?”
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