Ross Ulbricht, the convicted operator of the Silk Road online drug marketplace, will be sentenced in 10 days. As that date approaches, the judge who will decide his fate wants to do a deep dive into the data about what was sold on Silk Road.
In an order (PDF) published today, US District Judge Katherine Forrest says she’d like to have her own copy of the Silk Road website in order to perform searches on what was available for sale. (The government reproduced a fully functioning copy from the server.)
If that isn’t possible, Forrest wants the government to do a search and find several factoids “for each of marijuana, MDMA, ecstasy or Molly, cocaine, heroin, LSD, meth,oxycodone, Xanax, [and] modafinil”:
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