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Clark Pled Guilty to Silk Road Site Drug Sales now Has No Pen in MDC so Last Lawyering Up

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 7– Roger Thomas Clark pled guilty to his role in Silk Road on January 30, 2020, after a period of confinement in Thailand.

  He allocuted to sale of LSD, meth, heroin and cocaine for sale in NYC. He was asked if it was connected to "an underground website known as the Silk Road" and said yes. 

   On March 7, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Sidney H. Stein held a proceeding. Inner City Press went and covered it. 

 Clark was brought in by US Marshals in a non-electric wheelchair. He was representing himself, with a stand-by CJA counsel. He told Judge Stein he had lost his legal material while in the SHU at the MDC in Brooklyn, and that he still thought he had COVID, citing a "false negative."

  Judge Stein reviewed the procedural history of the case and opined that Clark had been trying to delay sentencing. Clark said he doesn't even have a pen, and asked to have his stand-by appointed as his lawyer.

  The stand-by said that while he gets along with Clark, the two do not agree on strategy. He was nevertheless appointed, for the purpose of making an April 21 filing, only that scope, not other legal research requested by Clark. We're not going to re-litigate this case, Clark was told. And, there will be no new lawyer after this.

  (Clark asked to have the courtroom sealed, but Inner City Press held its ground. Judge Stein noted, correctly, that there is a high standard to seal a courtroom in a Federal criminal case). 

 Sentencing was set for May 18 at 10:30 am. 

The case is US v. Clark, 15-cr-866 (Stein)


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