Silk Road

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Court-appointed Experts: The Future of Litigation?

In a complex case dealing with the Silk Road drug-dispensing website, Judge J. Paul Oetken must be able to determine whether complicated physical evidence that the FBI searched for and seized from a secure computer is admissible to the case. When it comes to these types of highly specialized technological decisions, will courts now need to hire experts to explain and inform judges, or should judges be able to make these decisions on their own?