NEW YORK—The Silk Road drug-trafficking trial neared its conclusion today, as prosecutors showed the jury the conclusion to the Dread Pirate Roberts murder-for-hire epic they began on Thursday.
The day ended with the government resting its case, leading to a rapid-fire set of three character witnesses who testified to Ross Ulbricht’s good character. Defense lawyers made clear their case would be a short one, and closing arguments are expected tomorrow.
The government says that Ulbricht, the 30-year-old defendant who was arrested in 2013, was the Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR). Ulbricht’s lawyer has said his client built the site but then handed it off to other people. The defense argues DPR was someone else, and that Ross Ulbricht was turned into the “ultimate fall guy.”
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