Lowered Standards of Evidence
Despite previous precedent (eg: US v Vayner) Judge Forrest allowed the government to base its case against Ross almost exclusively on digital evidence. The case rested on images on a screen, authored by anonymous users. Some trial exhibits were tiny files that can be placed on a computer in seconds. In fact, any digital file can be planted, including a bitcoin wallet.
The government did not produce a single witness to testify firsthand that Ross authored any of the communications attributable to DPR.
This ruling sets a precedent that makes it much easier for the government to convict and imprison people. Now, according to Judge Forrest, provable, tangible evidence is not needed to send a person to prison. All you need are chats, emails and screenshots.
Mortgage companies will not accept a screenshot of a bank statement, but Judge Forrest does, to put a man away for life.
Consequently, the defense asserts that the standard of evidence has been lowered for all of us. This puts us all in peril.