Silk Road's Ulbricht loses bid to void conviction, life sentence

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction and life sentence of Ross Ulbricht, who created the underground website Silk Road, for running an online marketplace for drugs.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected Ulbricht’s claims that his trial judge deprived him of a fair trial, and that the life sentence was unreasonable.

Jurors in February 2015 convicted Ulbricht on charges arising from his association with Silk Road, where he used the user name Dread Pirate Roberts.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)


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