Silk Road Suspect Loses Extradition Appeal

Gary Davis, an Irishman accused of expediting the operation of Silk Road, was apprehended after the Supreme Court cleared the way for his extradition to the United States.

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He will face multiple conspiracy charges of narcotics distribution, potentially receiving a lifetime imprisonment sentence in the U.S.

Additionally, he also faces accusations of conspiracy to commit money laundering and computer hacking.

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Ireland’s Supreme Court denies the extradition appeal of an alleged Silk Road associate facing money laundering, hacking and drug charges in the US.

Davis, 29 years old, reportedly remained still even after his appeal was rejected in Ireland, although his family members looked visibly upset. U.S. Marshalls arrived in Dublin to escort Davis to New York, where he will remain behind bars at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre awaiting trial at an undetermined date.

The Supreme Court, after hearing representations from Davis’ legal team, agreed to establish a 48-hour stay within his surrender to allow consideration for any appeal avenues to the European Human Rights Court.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation filed an indictment in December 2013 purported that the suspect was an employee of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, and operated under the pseudonym “Libertas.”

Ulbricht, who is currently serving a life sentence without parole in the U.S., is understood to have amassed $18 million worth of profit through levies on the projected $1.2 billion the website made in the illegal drug trade.

Silk Road has often been cited as the Amazon of black market websites, the first of its kind. It organized multiple products into categories and purchasers could rate sellers to outline drug quality as well as delivery speed.

However, since the FBI closed it, after extensive and elaborate investigation, the site became the prototype for the ever-growing network of darknet markets that took its place.

Details of Davis’ Case

A series of payments on Ulbricht’s laptop indicated that Libertas received $1,500 in Bitcoin each week for sorting out queries from vendors as well as organizing drugs into categories for sale.

Davis was arraigned in court in January 2014 and opposed his extradition, claiming that he suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and would therefore not receive proper care during his wait for trial.

Last year in March, he also had another appeal against his extradition dismissed by the Irish Court of Appeal. The court then moved to allow him to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court.

Justice William McKechnie, who was presiding over a bench of five judges, outlined that although Ireland was obliged to safeguard individuals from neglect if surrendered overseas, the court was not satisfied that in his case, there was no real risk.

Further, Justice McKechnie also outlined that Davis was unable to establish a fault of law in both rulings as made by the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

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He will face multiple conspiracy charges of narcotics distribution, potentially receiving a lifetime imprisonment sentence in the U.S.

Therefore, there were no grounds for the court to refuse his extradition. This means that Davis has now exhausted all his appeals in Ireland and his only chance of blocking the extradition is for his case to go to the European Court of Human Rights.

Davis is yet to outline how he plans to plead once in New York.

While in the High Court, he stated to one doctor that he was a case of mistaken identity and he was unsure of how a copy of his passport found its way into Ulbricht’s computer.

Throughout the four years of his case, the State is yet to accept the medical evidence claiming that Davis’ condition was too adverse to allow him to face trial in the U.S.

In the initial High Court hearing back in 2015, it was posited that Davis did not have Asperger’s condition until after he was initially arrested.

According to Remy Farrell, a representative of the Attorney General of Ireland, the defense argument citing Davis’ condition was only brought on under the circumstances of the extradition case.

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Alleged Silk Road Admin Seeks a Supreme Court Appeal

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It has been nearly four years since the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down the original Silk Road, and cases related to the infamous darknet market are still in development.

An Irish man who has been accused of playing a vital role in the administration of the Silk Road market planned another appeal to the Supreme Court after his extradition to the United States was ordered.

US authorities want 28-year-old Gary Davis of Johnstown Court, Wicklow to face trial on charges of distributing narcotics, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

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Gary Davis, the alleged Silk Road administrator, planned to appeal to the Supreme Court following the order for his extradition to the United States.

If Gary Davis were to be convicted in the United States, he faces the possibility of a life sentence.

Davis was indicted by the United States government in 2014 following the takedown of the Silk Road darknet market.

He has been out on bail since he was apprehended in January 2014.

His appeals have mainly focused on the fact that he suffers strongly from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

Going by the details of the formal charge by the Dublin High Court, Gary Davis was accused of being a Silk Road administrator under the pseudonym “Libertas.” Silk Road is said to have enabled the dealing of drugs including but not limited to crystal meth, crack cocaine, marijuana, and cocaine.

Allegedly, Gary Davis received a weekly sum of $1,500 as compensation for his services at Silk Road.

This is according to a payment log discovered in a computer belonging to the incarcerated Silk Road founder, Ross William Ulbricht.

Davis’ responsibilities at Silk Road included addressing vendor queries and indexing the drugs for sale on the darknet market.

Two other administrators of the Silk Road, Andrew Jones (Inigo) and Peter Nash (SSBD), were also indicted by the FBI.

An Irish High court ordered for his extradition in August 2016.

Gary Davis filed an appeal against that order.

His appeal was dismissed by at the Court of Appeal by a three-judge panel in a final hearing on February 28, 2017.

Justice Alan Mahon confirmed that the law does not permit the appeal since its subject matter was not based on a point of law, although he did voice concern for Davis’ condition.

Davis was indicted by the United States government in 2014 following the takedown of the Silk Road darknet market.

He touched on the daunting nature of Davis’ incarceration, but made an assurance that his concerns would be addressed by US authorities within their mandate and capabilities

The panel ordered his extradition after deliberate consideration of evidence pertaining to Davis’ medical condition and the US federal prison system.

Due to his medical condition, Davis felt that detention in a US federal prison would be inhumane and degrading.

According to his representative at the Court of Appeal, John O’Kelly SC, individuals with a severe form of this syndrome rely heavily on the support of their loved ones.

He reiterated that extradition to the US would have a significant impact on his physical and mental well-being.

According to reports, psychiatrists Michael Fitzgerald and Simon Barron-Cohen both confirmed that Davis was indeed afflicted with severer Asperger’s Syndrome.

However, the initial proceedings at the High Court in 2015 revealed that the Silk Road administrator had not been diagnosed with the condition prior to his arrest.

Davis’ chief council, John B Peart, stated that the defense sought to appeal to the Supreme Court within the limited 15-day window following the court date.

This is the standard time period where authorities cannot extradite a defendant.

Reports indicate, however, that Davis acquired information about a possible early extradition.

Justice George Birmingham denied this claim forwarded by John O’Kelly.

Given the 15-day allowance to appeal a court decision according to extradition conditions, it is quite surprising that the US marshals picked up Gary Davis before the expiration of this period.

According to Davis’ solicitor, Lana Doherty, no information was availed relating to that development.

At the moment, there is no information on how the Silk Road administrator planned to plead in the United States.

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“Libertas” of the Silk Road Loses US Extradition Appeal

Irish citizen Gary Davis, 28, has been accused of assisting in the operation of the Silk Road.

The original Silk Road was a darknet market that allowed users to engage in trade of drugs and other illicit goods.

The now defunct Silk Road marketplace was popular for this kind of illegal trade largely due to its privacy and anonymity with the use of bitcoin as the predominant means of payment.

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Irish citizen Gary Davis, 28, lost his appeal against extradition to the United States for charges associated with being a Silk Road administrator.

Gary Davis recently lost an extradition appeal in the US, where he is expected to face charges that relate to more than $200 million worth of drug sales on the Silk Road website.

Furthermore, Gary Davis is being accused by the US authorities of conspiracy pertaining the distribution of narcotics, to commit computer hacking, and to money laundering.

Davis may be facing life imprisonment in the event he is found guilty of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, let alone if the other charges are added on.

The Court of Appeal of Ireland noted that Gary Davis was allegedly earning $1500 every week for his services on the Silk Road market.

The evidence was supposedly quite substantive, and Davis was not obliged to make a plea in his hearing.

The Defense team’s argument

Gary Davis’ defense attorneys presented an argument on the basis that the judge who had ordered for Davis’ extradition the previous year had made a mistake in reaching a conclusion about Gary Davis’ mental condition, noting that he had Asperger’s syndrome, anxiety, and depression.

According to the court, these did not amount to a legitimate risk of a violation of his rights under the Irish law.

The Court of Appeal’s three-judge bench concurred with the extradition judge’s decision.

The court was of the stance that the United States authorities would adequately protect Gary’s mental and physical health.

The court also said that it had taken into consideration the issues that arose pertaining the extradition and imprisonment of Gary Davis.

Court of Appeal takes into consideration Gary’s mental and physical health

The Court agreed, however, that it would be a gruesome experience for a person who had strong mental health, let alone who had a mental health conditions like Davis, to go through extradition and subsequent imprisonment.

Davis, who was accused of aiding in the operation of the Silk Road darknet market, was taken into custody following his appeal against his extradition to the United States being dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Davis’ defense lawyers have not yet revealed whether they would be making a further appeal to the Supreme Court of Ireland.

It was emotional for some of Gary’s family and friends who were present in court.

Davis briefly hugged some of his relations before he was put into custody.

The United States authorities claim that Davis was an administrator for the Silk Road website.

The charges that Davis will face carry a life sentence under American law.

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Battle between Microsoft and the US Gov. Related to Silk Road Emails

The long-running battle between the tech giant Microsoft and the US government is over government’s access to an Irishman’s emails, which are purportedly related to Silkroad investigation. The emails stored in servers on Ireland have become the center of controversy as Gary Davis was accused of being part of the now defunct illegal online drugs black market Silkroad as an administrator.

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microsoft-email-battler-silk-roadAccording to the report, the said email account belonged to the 28-year old alleged Silkroad administrator, Gary Davis, from Wicklow, Ireland. The report also noted that the federal investigators filed a warrant in 2013 seeking access to his emails. Currently, he is fighting a legal battle to prevent extradition to the U.S. on charges that he operated as a Silkroad administrator. Though Davis appeared in a court in Dublin recently in this connection, the case has been adjourned to 8th July.

The online drug marketplace Silkroad, which was shut down in 2013 by the law enforcement authorities, operated on the dark web using the hidden service Tor so that users could buy illegal items such as drugs, fake documents, and weapons anonymously. The creator of Silkroad, Ross Ulbricht, has been served a life sentence after he was found guilty of charges including money laundering, conspiracy to drug trafficking, and computer hacking.

Paul Ennis, a researcher at the Center for Innovation, Technology and Organization of the University College Dublin, reportedly said that the U.S. government would not upset an ally like Microsoft or the country Ireland. This was happening only because of the embarrassment caused by Silkroad.

Ddavisavis himself provided further evidence when he tweeted that he feels that the battle between Microsoft and the U.S. government is centered on his emails, linking to the Silkroad case.

The battle between the tech major and the federal government can be traced back to December 2013 when District Court in the U.S. passed a judgment in connection with the Silkroad case, compelling Microsoft to hand over the emails belonging to a person whose nationality was not known but was suspected to be a drug trafficker.

Microsoft promptly handed over the information (not related to content) that had been stored on their servers in the U.S. but refrained from handing over the emails, saying that the federal government did not possess the rights to access content that is stored on servers located outside the U.S.

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the U.S. is currently considering the case and the privacy advocates and technology companies are eagerly awaiting judgment in the case related to Silkroad investigations. In this connection, it is important to note that other technology companies have filed amicus briefs like Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Amazon and Cisco in support of Microsoft. The ACLU, the Irish government, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have also backed the stance taken by Microsoft.

E. Joshua Rosenkranz, the lawyer representing Microsoft in this case about Silkroad investigation, cited an opinion of the Supreme that was issued in another case that would back up its argument that the U.S. laws are not applicable outside the country unless it has been explicitly provided for by the Congress.

It is expected that the court would give its ruling on the Silkroad related case sometime next month. However, it is also anticipated that the losing side is likely to appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court.

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