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Alleged ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ Heads to New York in Silk Road Case

•, By Kim Zetter

Ross William Ulbricht appeared in court this morning for the third time since his arrest last week. His lawyer, public defender Brandon LeBlanc, told the judge that Ulbricht was waiving his right to an “identity hearing” — conceding that he is the Ross Ulbricht named in the indictment, but not that he is “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder of Silk Road.

Ulbricht will not seek bail until his transfer to New York, the lawyer said. That means Ulbricht will stay in custody, and that U.S. Marshals will be transporting him to New York.

Ulbricht is charged in the Southern District of New York with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. A second complaint out of Maryland charges him with conspiring to commit murder, based on allegations that he tried to pay for the execution of an employee of Silk Road and one of the site’s vendors. 

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