Academic Studies

Below are academic studies by Marie Claire Van Hout and Tim Bingham, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, that were submitted to the sentencing judge as exhibits in support of the defense argument that the Silk Road accomplished harm reduction in the drug trade.

As revealed during the oral arguments of the appeal, the defense submitted these to ameliorate the prosecution’s claim that Silk Road (and Ross) were responsible for the deaths of six alleged Silk Road consumers. The judge rejected the studies.

‘Silk Road’, the virtual drug marketplace: A single case study of user experiences

‘Surfing the Silk Road’: A study of users’ experiences

Responsible vendors, intelligent consumers: Silk Road, the online revolution in drug trading