Among them has been Charlie Sherm. In that he perceives himself as a kind of Spider-Man, protecting the integrity of Bitcoin. Because of that his lawyer Marc Agnifilo requested that he receive probation for crimes associated with the against-the-law online bazaar Silk Road.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff didn't agree. Instead he sentenced Sherm to 2 years in prison, reports Patricia Hurtado in Bloomberg. In addition, he had Sherm return about $1 million he made during the transactions.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had identified Silk Road as a massive illicit online marketplace. He went after the key players.