NEW YORK—The Silk Road drug-trafficking trial seemed to be moving along swiftly last week, with testimony both Tuesday and Thursday containing big reveals about defendant Ross Ulbricht’s strategy for proving his innocence.
Today, with jurors back after a five-day break, the action slowed to a crawl. Nearly the entire morning was consumed by government and defense lawyers arguing about what kind of evidence should be allowed in regarding theories about who else might have been Dread Pirate Roberts, or DPR, the pseudonymous boss of Silk Road, the largest online drug marketplace.
Much of the argument centered around the theory defense lawyer Joshua Dratel brought out on Thursday: that DPR could have been Mark Karpeles, the owner of the now-defunct Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange. Karpeles, contacted by the media Thursday, has strenuously denied having any involvement in Silk Road.
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