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There were also legal goods and services for sale, such as apparel, art, books, cigarettes, erotica, jewelery, and writing services.
A sister site, called "The Armory", sold weapons (primarily guns) during 2012, but was shut down because of a lack of demand.
Ulbricht's attorney suggested that the documents and chat logs were planted there by way of Bit Torrent, which was running on Ulbricht's computer at the time of his arrest.
The government also accused Ulbricht of paying for the murders of at least five people, but there is no evidence that the murders were actually carried out, and the accusations never became formal charges against Ulbricht.
There have been over 130 other arrests connected with The Silk Road, although some of these arrests may not be directly related to The Silk Road, and may not be public information due to legal reasons.
Ulbricht was convicted of eight charges related to Silk Road in the U. Federal Court in Manhattan and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.It has been considered a 'proto-Silk Road' but the use of payment services such as Pay Pal and Western Union allowed law enforcement to trace payments and it was subsequently shut down by the FBI in 2012.Silk Road had a Tor-based book club that continued to operate following the initial site's closure and even following the arrest of one of its members.Silk Road held buyers' bitcoins in escrow until the order had been received and a hedging mechanism allowed sellers to opt for the value of bitcoins held in escrow to be fixed to their value in US$ at the time of the sale to mitigate against Bitcoin's volatility.Any changes in the price of bitcoins during transit were covered by Dread Pirate Roberts.He noted that Ulbricht created the marketplace to function without government oversight but found it difficult to verify anonymous transactions.To sustain a steady stream of revenue, he started increasing oversight to ensure low transaction costs.In a letter to Judge Forrest before his sentencing, Ulbricht stated that his actions through Silk Road were committed through libertarian idealism and that "Silk Road was supposed to be about giving people the freedom to make their own choices" and admitted that he made a "terrible mistake" that "ruined his life".On May 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Ulbricht's appeal, and affirmed the judgment of conviction and life sentence, in a written opinion authored by the Honorable Gerard E. Dealer Steven Sadler was sentenced to five years in prison.it was operated as a Tor hidden service, such that online users were able to browse it anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring.The website was launched in February 2011; development had begun six months prior.