If it’s accurate that Mr. Bridges is pleading guilty, it removes any question about the corruption that pervaded the investigation of Silk Road by law enforcement agents with unique, unrestrained, and continued access to the Silk Road site and administrative functions.  As a result, it undermines completely the integrity of the government’s entire investigation, which, as we set forth in our post-trial motions, was in so many ways intertwined with the Baltimore investigation the government now seeks to distance itself from for obvious strategic reasons.  Mr. Bridges’s relatively quick guilty plea would also reinforce the unfairness of not adjourning Mr. Ulbricht’s trial until after the corruption investigation concluded, which would have afforded him an opportunity to use that information in his defense at trial.

Joshua Dratel, defense attorney