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Ross Ulbricht turns to Supreme Court in fight for freedom

Published 2 years ago by Jasmine Solana

Ross Ulbricht turns to Supreme Court in fight for freedom

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Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the now defunct dark web marketplace Silk Road, has one last shot at freedom. Ulbricht ran the Silk Road website under the name Dread Pirate Roberts from 2011 until 2013, when he was caught red-handed by a law enforcement sting in a San Francisco coffee shop. Undeterred, Ulbricht’s family continued to fight for his freedom on grounds that there have been discrepancies in the course of the investigation as well as misconduct after government agents assigned to the case—two of them, in fact—were caught stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of seized BTC from Silk Road.

Still, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a 139-page decision in May 2017 rejecting Ulbricht’s claims of unfair trial and overly harsh sentence. In a petition for writ of certiorari filed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ulbricht’s attorneys argued that the case has “unresolved constitutional questions about the scope of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age and the authority of federal judges to go above and beyond when handing down sentences.” The petition raised two questions, which Ulbricht’s lawyers said have broad significance on the Fourth and Sixth Amendment protections: First, if the warrantless seizure of an individual’s Internet traffic information without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment; and if the Sixth Amendment permits judges rather than juries to use uncharged crimes to support an otherwise unreasonable sentence.

According to the Free Ross website, Ulbricht has been relocated from New York to USP Florence, a maximum security penitentiary in Colorado. The website is managed by “a group of family, friends and supporters” who are seeking to free Ulbricht “from a barbaric, double life sentence for all non-violent charges.” Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash. Coin spectator is an automated news aggregation service. All copyrights belong to their respective owners. Images and text owned by copyright holders are used in reference to and promotion of those respective parties. Read in Full

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