Ethereum researcher Virgil Griffith will have to face the jury for allegedly assisting the North Korean government to evade sanctions through digital currencies. A New York judge has denied Griffith\u2019s motion to have the case against him dismissed. Griffith was arrested in November 2019 upon his return to the U.S. from North Korea. He had attended a blockchain conference in the Asian country in which, as the Department of Justice alleges, he helped the regime evade sanctions using digital currencies. Since his arrest, he has been involved in a battle with the DoJ as he tries to have his case dismissed. Griffith\u2019s legal team filed a motion to dismiss in October 2020. The lawyers argued that the government\u2019s case against the Ethereum developer was fatally flawed. Lawyer Brian Klein further claimed that the DoJ had failed to set forth facts that amount to a criminal offense. The information Griffith provided in North Korea is also publicly available on the internet, Klein argued. A New York federal judge has denied the motion to dismiss, Law360 has reported. The judge ruled that the government provided enough facts in its charges to warrant a trial for Griffith. He also dismissed Griffith\u2019s claims that he didn\u2019t knowingly assist the North Korean government evade sanctions. He cited text messages the researcher sent to his friends which indicated he was fully aware of what he was doing. In one of these, he speculated that North Korea\u2019s interest in digital currencies was \u201cprobably to avoid sanctions. In another text, he stated: \u201cWe'd love to make an Ethereum trip to the DPRK and set up an Ethereum node. It'll help them circumvent the current sanctions on them.\u201d Griffith\u2019s trial is set to start in September 2021, as CoinGeek reported. The researcher\u2019s legal team had until December 30, 2020, to submit in writing any opposition to the trial date. Griffith\u2019s current run-in with the law is perhaps no surprise, especially given his past, one in which he was severally accused of sedition. Having become a programmer at a young age, he developed WikiScanner, a tool that allows Wikipedia to verify who makes edits to its pages. The tool was meant to help Wikipedia stamp out sabotage and propaganda. However, as the New York Times reported back in 2008, Griffith looked at it as a tool to \u201cto create minor public-relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike.\u201d Follow\u00a0CoinGeek\u2019s Crypto Crime Cartel\u00a0series, which delves into the stream of groups-from\u00a0BitMEX\u00a0to\u00a0Binance,\u00a0Bitcoin.com,\u00a0Blockstream,\u00a0ShapeShift,\u00a0Coinbase,\u00a0Ripple\u00a0and\u00a0Ethereum\u2014who have co-opted the digital asset revolution and turned the industry into a minefield for na\u00efve (and even experienced) players in the market.