Ross Ulbricht, who is known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” is serving a life sentence for his role in the Silk Road marketplace that facilitated the sale of illegal drugs. Ulbricht has filed an appeal and petitioned the Supreme Court for writ of certiorari, both of which have been denied – despite the twenty amicus curiae briefs that have been filed along with the petitions.
In his petition, Ulbricht argues violation of his fourth and sixth amendment rights during the drug investigation and sentencing. To support his contention, Ulbricht argues that the gathering of his internet traffic information required a warrant, which law enforcement failed to acquire. Ulbricht further argues that the court erred by sentencing him to an unreasonable term because the allegations were unsubstantiated.
A new indictment has been levied against him, alleging that he attempted to hire a hitman. However, a U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland filed a motion to dismiss the charges.
At this point though, in terms of Ulbricht’s current sentence, he would need a presidential pardon to resolve the matter. As for the indictment and the motion to dismiss – that’s for the courts to continue resolving.