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Judge Refuses to Suppress Evidence in Dark Web “Murder-for-Hire” Case

An Illinois judge denied a motion to suppress evidence filed by the attorney of a woman suspected of paying a so-called “murder-for-hire” site on the dark web to kill a romantic rival earlier this year. The suspect, according to her attorney, had made statements to the police during an interview after being denied her right to counsel. Video evidence revealed ... Read More »

Texas Judge Rejects Plea Deal in Dark Web Child Pornography Case

A Texas judge rejected the plea deal of a federal agent who had been using a dark web child abuse forum to download and access illegal pictures and videos. The agent was caught during a federal investigation into members of the forum. Richard Gratkowski, a 40-year-old Homeland Security Investigations agent living in Texas, had used a child abuse forum accessible ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Former PSC professor Accused of Threatening Judge with Dark Web Hitmen

A professor is accused of threatening a judge with assassination. The professor who was formerly attached to the Pensacola State College (PSC) was indicted for several charges of intimidating statements towards a judge of the Pensacola court. The professor is to be charged with up to three charges concerning him being accused of threatening the judge. The accused, by the ... Read More »

UK Judge Sentences Two Darkweb Drug Importers to Rehab

Two men who had ordered marijuana from a darkweb market vendor avoided incarceration at a recent sentencing hearing in Swindon, England. Both convicted drug importers were told their non-custodial sentences were “last chances” at living a life free of drug use and distribution. In December 2016, the United Kingdom’s Border Force intercepted a package containing more than $3,000 worth of ... Read More »

High Court Judge Dismisses All Charges in New Zealand Drug Importation Case

An Auckland High Court judge dismissed all drug charges against a member of a prominent wine-making family after ruling that a conviction would unfairly impact the man’s future and career in the wine industry. A New Zealand court had already convicted and sentenced the once-successful businessman after he admitted ordering at ketamine, methamphetamine, and cocaine from a vendor on an ... Read More »

Judge Acquitted Teen Who Admitted Buying Fake Euros on the Darkweb

In a hearing at the Waiblinger District Court, a judge acquitted two young men who had been accused of purchasing counterfeit euro notes on the darkweb and using them throughout Germany. Even though one of the suspects admitted purchasing counterfeit eyes with Bitcoin, a conviction would have hindered a parallel investigation into the source of counterfeit euros in Stuttgart, the ... Read More »

Judge Orders Evidence Suppression Hearing in “Fentmaster” Case

A federal judge in New York, following a motion to suppress evidence filed by the attorney of an alleged dark web vendor, scheduled a pretrial suppression hearing that could drastically change the outcome of the case. Court documents revealed that federal investigators may have ignored the suspected drug dealer’s requests for an attorney during an interrogation that led to an ... Read More »

US Government can Seize Alleged Alphabay Owner’s Assets, Judge Rules

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto ruled in a recent memo that the United States federal government had completed all necessary steps required to take control of the millions of dollars in assets seized from the alleged owner and creator of Alphabay. The Eastern District of California Magistrate Judge wrote that the United States government had a right to millions ... Read More »

German Judge Sentenced a Hansa Vendor to Two Years

At Ludwigsburg District Court, Judge Franziska Scheffel sentenced a 23-year-old darknet drug vendor to a suspended sentence of two years. At a previous court appearance, the court convicted the young man of the commercial trade of illegal narcotics and drug possession. According to information revealed in the courtroom, the man had been selling cocaine on the now-defunct Hansa market. The ... Read More »

Georgia Judge Sentences Russian Hacker to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones of the Northern District of Georgia sentenced a Russian cybercriminal to 14 years in prison for involvement in an international hacking conspiracy. The hacker, 33-year-old Roman Valeryevich Seleznev of Vladivostok, Russia, participated in a fraud network that caused more than $50 million in damage. In August 2016, a federal jury in Washington convicted Seleznev ... Read More »