The case against alleged Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht has been delayed until next year.
Wired reporter Andy Greenberg first reported on Twitter that Ulbricht’s defense counsel had sought to postpone the start of trial, which was scheduled to begin on 10th November. US District Judge Katherine Forrest then adjourned the trial until early January.
Ulbricht has pled not guilty to charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, hacking and criminal enterprise, and in August pled not guilty to additional drug and conspiracy charges.
Ulbricht defense counsel Joshua Dratel said that his team sought the delay in order to resolve several scheduling issues.
He told CoinDesk:
The move gives the Ulbricht team more time to pore over the prosecution’s case, which includes terabytes of server data that the defense says was unlawfully procured by federal authorities.
Trial to go on
The adjournment until January is notable, given prior attempts by the defense to have the case dismissed outright by the court. In July, Judge Forrest rejected a motion to dismiss filed by the Ulbricht team, which at the time contested a money laundering charge.
Earlier this week, the defense suffered a key loss when it tried to contest evidence obtained from Silk Road servers hosted in Iceland. Ulbricht’s team argued that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) violated the Fourth Amendment by illegally seizing the servers.
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