If you don’t read the appeal, read Ross Ulbricht, Sentenced to Life for Running Website Silk Road, Files Appeal by Brian Doherty of reason.com.  “Defense insists Ulbricht’s trial denied him a fair defense of his theory of other potential Dread Pirate Roberts’, and that his life sentence was unjustified and unconscionable.”

https://reason.com/blog/2016/01/14/ross-ulbricht-sentenced-to-life-for-runn