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Ross Ulbricht turns 34 today

Ross Ulbricht turns 34 today. It is his fifth birthday spent in prison, serving a double life sentence for all non-violent charges. If District Court Judge Katherine Forrest has her way, Ross will spend all his future birthdays there too, until he is carried out as a...

Four Years Ago Today

October 1, 2017 Today marks four years that Ross Ulbricht has been incarcerated. He was recently moved from New York to USP-high Florence, Colorado, a maximum-security prison where the Bureau of Prisons puts its most violent offenders. This is not because Ross is...

Doherty from Reason on “Kingpin” book

As always, Brian Doherty gets it. Just a couple of corrections: Ross says his purpose in creating Silk Road was to provide an open free market where people could exchange goods beyond government interference. What was exchanged was buyer/vendor driven. Although it...

So much for Judge Forrest’s deterrence

Judge Forrest used her draconian sentence of Ross Ulbricht to set an example and send a message, to frighten other would-be dark net marketeers from opening websites. Instead those markets are bigger and badder than ever. Way to...

Appellate Court Ruling a huge shock and blow

I'm in shock. I feel like I'm reliving the day Ross was sentenced and now must go tell Ross that the Second Circuit has upheld his convictions and double life sentence. I can't fathom how the court can believe that keeping Ross locked up for the rest of his life...

Two years ago today…

Two years ago today was the worst day of my life. On that day our son, Ross Ulbricht, was given a double life sentence for all non-violent charges. Despite slander in the media, Ross was  not charged at trial with murder-for-hire and it has never been proven. No...

American Kingpin is a Media Lynching

A book called American Kingpin by Nick Bilton claims to be the “unbelievable true story” of my son, Ross Ulbricht. After reading an online adaptation, I agree: it’s unbelievable. Just the headline and subhead demonstrate the hyperbole, sensationalism and inaccuracy of...