NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — A San Francisco man has been convicted in New York of creating and operating the underground website Silk Road as a drug-selling haven.
The Manhattan jury returned a quick verdict Wednesday against 30-year-old Ross William Ulbricht.READ MORE: Support for Windsor Mayor Crumbles as Details of Alleged Sexual Misconduct Emerge
The decision after little more than three hours of deliberation was a swift repudiation of his lawyer’s claims that Ulbricht created the website but quickly turned it over to others.READ MORE: Hundreds at Bay Area Rallies March to Support Asian Americans
During closing arguments Tuesday, defense lawyer Joshua Dratel said investigators arrested his client on insufficient evidence in 2013 because they were pressured to make an arrest and shut down Silk Road.
Prosecutor Timothy Howard says overwhelming evidence proves Ulbricht was the digital kingpin of an illegal online drug-dealing empire.MORE NEWS: Former Sebastopol Mayor Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault Against a Minor
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