Silk Road founder challenges conviction, life sentence

Jan 13, 2016 7:46 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - A San Francisco man who created the online drug-selling site Silk Road has asked an appeals court to toss out his conviction and life prison sentence.

Attorney Joshua Dratel wrote in papers submitted to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday that Ross Ulbricht deserves a new trial and sentencing by a different judge.

Manhattan federal Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ulbricht last May to life after his February conviction for operating the web site for nearly three years until his 2013 arrest.

Dratel says the judge unfairly excluded from the trial information about corrupt investigators and blocked him from introducing other evidence that would have helped his client.

The lawyer says the judge was unreasonable at sentencing, holding Ulbricht responsible for six overdose deaths linked to Silk Road.

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