NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York defense lawyer says a San Francisco man who launched an underground website as an economic experiment was fooled into taking the fall when investigators concluded it was used for drug dealing.
Attorney Joshua Dratel said at the criminal trial’s opening Tuesday that Ross William Ulbricht was no drug dealer and should be found not guilty.
Prosecutor Timothy Howard, however, told jurors that the Silk Road website was an online shopping paradise for the sale of dangerous illegal drugs, and that Ulbricht was the kingpin of the digital criminal enterprise, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported. To avoid exposure, said the prosecutor, Ulbricht was even ready to have people murdered.
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“This is a case about a dark and secret part of the Internet,” Howard said.
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