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 defense counsel Joshua Dratel said that his team sought the delay in order to resolve several scheduling issues.
He told CoinDesk:
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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