Today the Naked Security blog from Sophos had information on the government's response to the legal challenge. Among other things, they said:
QuoteThe server was located offshore in a data center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Once the FBI figured out its location, it was Reykjavik police who accessed and secretly copied the data on it.
There is a lot more, but the bottom line is the Feds are claiming 4th Amendment protections don't apply for several reasons - including the server being located in Iceland, so the lack of a search warrant didn't matter.
Here's the full article:
Of course, the Silk Road was an extremely high value target for prosecution, but I thought the logic behind the FBI's thinking might be of interest to people interested in security topics.