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Jury selection begins in trial of accused Silk Road founder




NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13:  Supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, stand in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New York City. Ulbricht, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused by the US government of making millions of dollars from the Silk Road website which sold drugs and other illegal commodities anonymously.
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, stand in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New York City. Ulbricht, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused by the US government of making millions of dollars from the Silk Road website which sold drugs and other illegal commodities anonymously.
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Drug trafficking, money laundering, murder for hire; all are issues sure to come up in the trial of Ross Ulbricht. 

He allegedly ran The Silk Road, a website known as a marketplace for illegal drugs. Jury selection in Ulbricht's case began Tuesday.

Joe Mullin is the Tech Policy Editor for Ars Technica and he's going to be covering the trial. He joins Alex Cohen from New York for a conversation on the matter.