Free Ross-A-Thon was an event held and organized by a group of liberty activists that included the Bitcoin community, Ross Ulbricht’s family and supporters. Ulbricht, the creator of Silk Road, an online marketplace that was used to peddle illicit drugs, was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Following a recently discovered piece of evidence by Ross Ulbricht’s defense team, they discovered that someone logged into the “Dread Pirates Roberts” Silk Road forum account weeks after the arrest of Ross Ulbricht.
This formed a ground for appeal against the Silk Road creator’s life sentence.
The Free Ross-A-Thon was held on Sunday, the 4th of December, 2016. The aim was to preach and advocate for freedom and justice.
It was also held with an aim to raise money to cater for Ross Ulbricht’s appeal court bills.
The cost for printing and binding of appeal documents is $14,000, a quite huge amount for Ross’ family to raise alone.
That is why Ross Ulbricht’s mother, Lyn Ulbricht, together with liberty activist, Tatiana Moroz, organized the Free Ross-A-Thon event for the Silk Road founder.
Also invited to speak at the event were keynote speakers, Jeffrey Tucker and Roger Ver.
The Free Ross-A-Thon event that took almost 8 hours was filmed at the LaffCast Studio. A lot of issues were discussed during the event to free the Silk Road founder.
The speakers discussed the possible consequences of the Ulbricht’s case and the lasting impression it would have in the history of precedents.
Further, the negative impacts it would have on the general privacy rights and the rights to a fair due process of the common American citizen, not just Ross Ulbricht.
During the event, a platform was given for each of the speakers to have an in-depth analysis of the case facing the Silk Road creator, Ross Ulbricht. The public was also informed of other related legal and social issues that arose.
The Free Ross-A-Thon was interesting and very captivating. The online speakers at the event covered a wide agenda that included liberty, privacy, legal issues and the current criminal justice system.
Furthermore, during an interview, Tatiana Moroz, the songwriter and liberty activist who helped host the event, said that the most meaningful part of the event was the letter that Ross wrote to his supporters and all the persons who graced the event, not forgetting those who gave their contribution.
Tatiana stated that Ross in his letter was very grateful to his friends, family, and supporters. Ross Ulbricht said in his letter that they gave him hope and the strength to believe that a day is coming that he will walk a free man again.
Tatiana at the interview commented that the Free Ross-A-Thon event drew the attention of other liberty activists and people who believed in the ideology of justice and freedom.
Tatiana Moroz continued to urge the public through the interview, to keep themselves abreast with the facts of Ross Ulbricht’s case.
This was because the decision made at the appeal will set a precedent that will most definitely impact the criminal justice system hence have an effect on the society as well in years to come.
Lyn Ulbricht was also interviewed, and the mother’s love for her son was evident in the way she seemed hopeful even as the light of the case seemed dim.
She said that the generous financial donations from people all over the world meant a lot and that it encouraged Ross Ulbricht and his family to forge ahead and fight for freedom.
Lyn Ulbricht also said they already raised $23,500 from people around the world. It would be helpful in clearing the bill for appeal case and pay for other Ross Ulbricht’s legal expenses.
Further, she said that towards the end of the Free Ross-A-Thon event, Roger Ver announced that he would match the donations for Ross Ulbricht.
That, to Lyn Ulbricht, was a very touching and brave gesture that demonstrated how committed he was to liberty.
In a nutshell, the Free Ross-A-Thon was more than successful. People sent donations in all forms of currency towards the appeal case of Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road founder.
It was during the event also, that Ulbricht, through his letter, together with his mother, Lyn Ulbricht and his family got a chance to thank the supporters for believing not only in him but also showing the dedication towards justice and liberty.