Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Turns 35 in Prison, “God Willing, I’ll Turn 36 in Freedom”

Ross Ulbricht tuned 35 yesterday, marking the sixth birthday in a row that he spent in the cage. Ulbricht took to Twitter to share the hope he has to be walked free.

Jake Chervinsky, a securities litigation lawyer at Kobre and Kim, who is known for sharing his views and providing insight into the legal space regarding Bitcoin ETFs and other areas of crypto space also took to Twitter to

“recall the base injustice that netted him two life sentences + 40 years.”

In 2018, he shared a Twitter thread regarding why

“Ross Ulbricht shouldn't spend the rest of his life in prison.”

“He had no criminal record and his goal was never to run an internet drug cartel. He was an idealist who, perhaps wrongly, wanted to advance personal & economic freedom through an open, unrestricted & neutral marketplace.”

Ulbricht is best known for creating and managing Silk Road from February 2011 to May 2013 via a private server and Tor browser. Being a Libertarian, he believes people can and should make their own choices that reflects in the anonymous nature of Silk Road which settles all the payments in Bitcoin.

However, the anonymous nature of the platform made it the best place for the criminal activity that saw transactions involving cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and LSD. The marketplace also traded weapons and ammunition, all of which Ulbricht profited from.

Ulbricht was accused of trafficking all these substances and was convicted for computer hacking, money laundering, conspiracy, and trafficking fraudulent identity documents in February 2015.

He is currently serving a double-life sentence while maintaining a Twitter presence with the help of his family.

Ulbricht’s family, friends, and supporters have been appealing to US President Donald Trump and seeking for mercy on the grounds that all of the charges against him have been non-violent.

The petition called

“Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website,”

on asks to give Ulbricht a second chance in life and

“use his education, knowledge, and skills to give to his community and society as a whole.”

The petition has by now received 145,876 signatures.

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