Dear President Obama, please pardon Ross Ulbricht

Dear President Obama: Our 32-year-old son, Ross Ulbricht, was sentenced to double life without parole, for all non-violent charges, in a high-profile Drug War case involving the online market Silk Road. He received a harsher sentence than is often given to murderers,...

A letter from Ross about his prison journey

Ross sent us this beautiful letter and poem. It gives insight into who he is. He wrote: An old friend of mine recently sent me the following poem… Invictus By William B. Henley (1875) Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank...

Thanks From Ross on Thanksgiving

Nov. 24, 2016 It’s Thanksgiving today, Ross’ third in captivity. I visited him yesterday in prison. Like me, others were there to be with their loved ones, thankful to see them even for an hour. Ross and I discussed Thanksgiving. He said, despite his...

Ross Ulbricht Exploitation: Coming to a Screen Near You

Over a year ago I responded to a Wired article about Silk Road and Ross Ulbricht. I wrote that it was not journalism, but rather a vehicle to sell a movie concept. Apparently I was right. Fox liked the pitch and the article is now the basis of a movie in the works. It...

Is Ross Ulbricht a Political Prisoner?

When Ross was arrested and brought to trial, many called him a political prisoner. A HuffPostLive interview after Ross’ sentencing blasted the headline: Silk Road Founder Is A ‘Political Prisoner,’ Mother Lyn Ulbricht Says.  Yet I didn’t actually say that. What I told...

What the Defense Said at Ross Ulbricht’s Oral Arguments

Last Thursday, October 6, oral arguments were heard in Ross Ulbricht’s appeal. Both sides spoke before three appellate judges for a little over ten minutes each.  I transcribed the arguments of Joshua Dratel, Ross’ lawyer (see below). Note that his...

Corrupt Agent Shaun Bridges worked for NSA

Adding to the growing pile of questions regarding the Silk Road case, it is established on p. 19 of ex-Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges’ Proceedings hearing on Dec. 7, 2015, that he worked for the National Security Agency (NSA).  Bridges is now serving a...

Want privacy? You must be a criminal.

According to the FBI, journalists, dissidents & people who want privacy are now criminals. The Silk Road prosecutors agree. They wrote in their motions that anyone who used Tor has criminal...

Ross to sister Cally: Words from prison

“I’ve learned you can’t NOT do something. So you can’t try to stop being negative, but you can focus on what you CAN do to be positive, such as brighten someone else’s day, make someone laugh, or enrich someone’s day so they are...

Mother’s Day message to all moms with a child in prison

Today is a bittersweet day for us. We are blessed to have our child. But when that child is in prison, we mothers are imprisoned too. When they suffer, we suffer. We can never forget them; we can never rest as long as they are caged. Ross said that he and other...

Libertarian Party supports Ross

Nicholas J. Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released a statement of support and protest before Ross’s trial “This trial grossly oversteps the bounds of a properly limited government: one that protects the lives, liberty and property...

Let offenders pay back their victims

A friend of mine had her car stolen and ruined by three young hooligans. We agreed it would be better all around if they had to work to pay her back every penny, rather than to lock them up where they don’t do anyone any good, (except the prison industrial complex of...

Ross Ulbricht’s sentence is indecent

Ross Ulbricht’s Sentencing Indecent, Based on Procedural and Substantive Errors, New Amicus Brief Argues
Drug Policy Alliance and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, others, speak out against Silk Road founder’s absurd life sentence without parole.

Drug Policy Alliance and others join Ross

Drug Policy Alliance, joined by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), JustLeadership USA (JLUSA) and former federal judge Nancy Gertner, filed a brief today challenging Ross Ulbricht’s life sentence....

Brian Doherty: Reason

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...

Activist Post

More good reporting on the appeal from Derrick Broze on Activist Post....

LBT Network

Insights and coverage from Jamie Redman of LBT Network: Ross Ulbricht: A 179-Page Appeal for Justice....

Sword and Scale

Good summary of the appeal and case from Sword and Scale. Inside the Silk Road...

Naked Security

John Zorabedian at naked security asks: Did Ross Ulbricht get a fair trial? Ross Ulbricht appeals Silk Road conviction – did he get a fair...

Reason

Alex Manning of reason.com: Ross Ubricht: “Mis-prosecuted and misunderstood.”...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal: Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Seeks To Overturn Conviction, Life Sentence...

The Verge

The Verge: link to appeal brief. http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/13/10759744/ross-ulbricht-appeal-brief

Bitcoin Notables Raise Funds for Ross Ulbricht Appeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Austin, TX – July 20, 2015 – The Bitcoin and Liberty communities have joined together to help Ross Ulbricht appeal his conviction and double life sentence. The ruling was for all non-violent charges, based on Ulbricht’s creation and...