Precedents Being Set


“The government is using this case as a Trojan horse to sneak in precedent that will eviscerate Internet freedoms and set the precedent for chilling new laws that would drastically change the face of the worldwide web.” 
– Paul Joseph Watson, journalist

The Silk Road case is about much more than one man or one website. It will have far-reaching impact in the digital age.

The government uses high profile cases to set precedent and make bad law that we all must live with. The courts are grappling with how 20th Century law applies to the 21st Century, and what is decided in the courts now, in Ross’ case and others, will impact us all.

Important precedents include:

Assault on Privacy
Illegal spying

Assault on Free Speech
Condemned for a philosophy

Uncharged Crimes
Who needs a jury?

The Failed Drug War
The government doubles down

Excessive Sentencing
Caging of Americans

Prosecutorial Abuse
Kings of the courtroom

Who’s Responsible?
Users or providers?

Lowered Evidence Standards
Digital = Reliable?