The Weird Trial of the Dread Pirate Roberts

The government is about to prosecute its case of the Dread Pirate Roberts, but in an odd way. If Ross Ulbricht is indeed the Dread Pirate Roberts who runs (or ran) the darknet site “Silk Road,” then he may have committed real crimes for which he should be punished. I don’t wish to defend him since I don’t know enough about him. But the trial seems odd. Newser.com summarized a few features. The good news is that the potentially worst aspect of the trial has been eliminated by Read more […]

Silk Road Prosecution Attacks First Amendment and Jury

Trial by jury and freedom of speech are both supposed to be protected in the United States. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news, “Silk Road” was the name of an internet hub that sold prohibited goods, mainly various drugs. It was kind of a Millennium Falcon on the world wide web. The Han Solo behind it was Ross Ulbricht. He has now been caught and is facing charges. I don’t think it is right to disregard drug laws except perhaps in case of medical necessity. I’m Read more […]

Supreme Court Destroys Trial by Jury

Trial by jury means that, whether you are really guilty or not, if the jury acquits you, then you are acquitted. Once the jury has spoken, no other authority can punish you for that accusation. But it doesn’t mean that. Not anymore. Yesterday I ran across the Simple Justice blog’s post, “Sotomayor and Kagan, An Unforgivable Denial.” I suspect the title reflects the political perspective of the writers who expected better things of the liberal justices. It is interesting that Read more […]