NEW YORK—The Silk Road drug-trafficking trial veered towards murder-for-hire allegations today, although the story didn’t quite arrive there. As prosecutors near the end of their case, they walked the jury through the personal mailbox of the boss of the drug-dealing website, Dread Pirate Roberts.
The final witness of the day was Brian Shaw, an FBI contractor who sifted through a working copy of the Silk Road he made in July 2013, after law enforcement imaged the Silk Road server, once they found it in Iceland.
The basics of the story were reported more than a year ago, after Ross Ulbricht, who the government accuses of being DPR, was arrested in San Francisco. But today the jury saw the story develop in the words of DPR and the users with whom he interacted.
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