Threats, Cybercrime

Attorney of alleged Silk Road operator files for dismissal of charges

April 1, 2014

Around six months after the alleged operator of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, was arrested, his attorney filed a motion for all charges against him to be dropped.

According to a Tuesday Forbes article, which published the court documents, Ulbricht's attorney, Joshua Dratel, argued that Bitcoin isn't money (or a “monetary instrument” in its legal definition); thus, hampering the prosecution's money laundering charge against Ulbricht.

In the motion filed Saturday, Dratel also said that the three remaining charges against his client – computer hacking, running a criminal enterprise, and drug conspiracy – should be dismissed, as Ulbricht isn't necessarily liable for illegal activities carried out by Silk Road users, under Communications Decency Act protections.

If found guilty of all charges, 29-year-old Ulbricht could face a minimum 30 year prison sentence.

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