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Ross Ulbricht, a peaceful 32-year-old, was given a sentence of double life without parole for all non-violent charges for his alleged role in the Silk Road website. No victim was named at trial.
Silk Road was a “dark web” site, based on a libertarian philosophy of a free market, where people the world over could trade bitcoin for a variety of goods, not all of them legal.
The investigation, trial and sentencing are rife with government corruption, abuse, and violations, including:
Warrantless seizure of Silk Road server: It is still not determined if this was the result of illegal government hacking.
Corrupt federal investigators hidden from jury: While working for the DEA, Secret Service and NSA, two federal agents stole over $1 million from the site while investigating it. They had unfettered access to the site and server, with the ability to tamper unreservedly. They are now in prison, while the extent of the corruption remains undisclosed.
Defense cross examination repeatedly curtailed or denied at trial.
Defense witnesses blocked from testifying.
Unproven, uncharged, unconvicted allegations of murder-for-hire were used to deprive Ross of bail; prejudice the jury; justify a draconian life sentence; and are included in the government’s reply in the appeal.
4th Amendment violations: Illegal general warrants and warrantless pen traps were used in the investigation.
Sentenced to double life without parole + 40 years for all non-violent charges.
Newly discovered evidence tampering: Proof that evidence in the case was tampered with was announced by Ulbricht’s legal team in late November, 2016. In addition, evidence was unearthed that someone using the DPR account logged into the Silk Road forum seven weeks after Ross was arrested.
Case now in appeal: Ross and his defense team are challenging several violations. At stake are, among other issues, due process rights and fair trials; important precedents impacting 4th Amendment rights, privacy and sentencing.
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American Black Cross (ABC) A civil liberties defense organization and humanitarian network that focuses on defense of American prisoners, including Ross’s appeal.
Bitcoin.com Source of bitcoin related activities and education.
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA): the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Submitted an amicus brief challenging Ross’ sentence.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Joined amicus brief in Ross’ appeal challenging illegal search and seizure.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Advocates for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety and redirection of resources from excessive incarceration to programs proven to reduce crime and recidivism.
Free State Project (FSP) An agreement among 20,000 participants to move to NH for “Liberty in Our Lifetime.
FreedomFest The world’s largest gathering of free minds.
FreedomWorks Organization promoting free markets and individual liberty.
Fully Informed Jury Assn. (FIJA) Works to educate about citizen rights, powers and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors.
Gary Johnson Former Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States. Pledged to pardon Ross if elected President.
John McAfee Libertarian Candidate for President of the United States. World-famous computer scientist and developer of the first commercial anti-virus software program. Pledged to pardon Ross if elected.
JustLeadershipUSA: Organization dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. Joined Ross’ amicus brief challenging his life sentence.
Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA) An educational organization with the mission of educating and empowering female leaders within the liberty movement.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP): Organization of law enforcement, criminal justice communities addressing failures of existing drug policies. Joined Amicus brief in Ross’ appeal.
Liberty on the Rocks: International network of libertarian thinkers.
National Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL): Organization to Ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime and promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice. Submitted an amicus brief challenging the use of unconstitutional warrants in Ross’ case.
Parallel Polis A Czech Republic think tank focused on the promotion of digital freedom and free markets and based on the writings of Vaclav Benda, Czech dissident during the height of communist domination in Czechoslovakia.
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) An international grassroots, student-led organization working to end drug prohibition.
Students for Liberty (SFL) An organization of 3,000 student groups and 1,400+ leaders around the world working in support of freedom. SFL nominated Ross for alumnus of the year 2016.
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) With more than 700 chapters and 204,000 members nationwide, it is the “largest, most active, fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses.”