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Silk Road prosecutors rest their case, cite 'mountain' of digital evidence

Joab Jackson | Feb. 4, 2015
The prosecution in the Silk Road case implored the jury to "connect the dots".

For instance, chat logs showed Dread Pirate Roberts boasting of a romantic date on the same day Ulbricht's personal email records from OKCupid show an interaction with a woman he went on a date with. On multiple occasions Ulbricht's email and Facebook account showed evidence of him going on trips, such as to Thailand or on a family boating expedition, at the exact times Dread Pirate Roberts told his fellow administrators that he would be offline taking vacations.

At one point Ulbricht e-mailed a friend a picture of a lizard that he kept as his laptop's desktop image. However, the desktop image, presumably captured by a utility on the laptop, also captured the second screen Ulbricht was supposedly using at the time, which showed two chat windows open with ongoing conversations with two known Silk Road administrator accounts.

Chat logs also revealed discussions Dread Pirate Roberts had with fellow Silk Road operators about the possibility of picking up a second citizenship in the Caribbean island of Dominica. On Ulbricht's laptop was a form for applying for Dominica citizenship.

Dratel will present the defense's closing arguments later Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest is overseeing the case.

 

 

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