A campaign to spread the awareness of the alleged injustice imposed on Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the infamous Silk Road market has reached a new level, that is unprecedented. According to a report, Maine State Senator from the 20th district, Eric Brakey, has signed the petition to get Ulbricht out of jail.
Ulbricht was arrested and handed a double life sentence alongside a 40-year jail term without parole. According to his family, friends, and fans, his punishment is too extreme considering the weight of his crime.
In a Tweet found on Ulbricht’s handle, he pleaded with people to raise the awareness of his petition as his last hope relies on it. In the comment section, the U.S. Senate 2018 candidate revealed his support for his campaign and even commented that he had signed the petition.
His family and loved ones have made efforts to spread the awareness after multiple appeal dismissals by various court. Ulbricht’s legal team believes that authorities violated the Fourth and Sixth Amendments during his trial. According to information, his charges on contracted murder-for-hire did not hold since he never committed either of them.
Eric Brakey assured Ulbricht in his Tweet that he will discuss the case with the president of USA, Donald Trump when he wins the U.S. Senate seat in November.
Earlier in July, Ulbricht’s petition was brought up by the Libertarian party, pleading with the president to pardon him.
Ross Ulbricht has obtained support from the cryptocurrency community including Erik Vorhees, a popular figure in the industry. Vorhees showed his support for Ulbricht through a Tweet and questioned the legal system.
Ross Ulbricht was convicted with seven counts by the Manhattan jury. These included money laundering and facilitating the trade of narcotics which has caused multiple overdose deaths. Ulbricht earlier pleaded not guilty to all the counts. His lawyer argued that Ulbricht pulled out of the website operation shortly after creating it. Later in the court, Ulbricht shared tears and pleaded with the Judge not to take away his youth after the hearing of his double life sentence.
On December 2017, Ross Ulbricht’s legal team appealed against the decision made by the lower court, seeking a review based on the constitutional violation. The Ulbricht legal team pointed out a loophole in the use of the Constitution during his initial trial. This involved the seizure of individuals’ internet traffic information without a warrant and a cause. They also presented the Sixth Amendment right violation which had to do with the right of the judges using uncharged crimes to support what they labeled as an unreasonable sentence. However, the U.S. Supreme court dismissed the appeal in June due to lack of time and necessity.
In February 2018, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest blocked an attempt by Ulbricht’s lawyer, Paul Grant, to extend the standard three year period in the Rule 33 motion. The dismissal of the appeal and that of the extension of the standard post-conviction relief period forced his fans to label his trial and investigation unfair. With regards to the attempt to deal with high drug influx and overdose death in the country, some of his fans share the opinion that Authorities used Ulbricht as a scapegoat.
Another concern raised by the family had to do with Ulbricht’s transfer from New York to USP Florence. According to the family, the transfer of Ulbricht to such a heavily guarded place meant for violent prisoners is an extreme action against someone who had no violent record.
The Freeross.org website provides in depth information on the case of Ulbricht, while spreading the awareness of petition to earn his clemency. According to the website, there is unused proof of tampering; the defense cross examination blocked a defense witness from testifying. These and a few other allegations have been presented on the website as they call on people to sign the petition.
The legal team has assured family, friends, and all supporters for Ross’ cause, that they will not rest until he is taken out of prison.
The quest to find clemency for Ulbricht has been an interesting one, and the online petition keeps receiving signatures. It is expected that the final goal of this petition will be achieved.