Silk Road Creator’s Mom Has Lost Faith In The US Justice System

Ross Ulbricht,the founder of the Silk Road, is in prison serving a double life sentence without parole since May 29, 2015. He was charged on many counts, including conspiracy to sell drugs, money laundering, etc. He worked under the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts” as the administrator of the website.

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The Silk Road – Appeal for Retrial by Lyn

Lyn UlbrichtLyn Ulbricht, mother of Ross, in the meanwhile, has been working to file an appeal for a retrial of the case as she believes that the life sentence that was awarded to her son has been unjust. The appeal was filed on 12 January this year, and the government has to reply before 17 June this year.

Lyn said that she has lost faith in the US legal system and hoped that a retrial would take place soon. In this context, it is interesting to note that two government agents, Shaun Bridges and Carl Force, who were part of this case, were indicted on charges of corruption, theft of bitcoins and extortion.

Lyn Ulbricht said that the two agents had access to the highest administrative levels of the Silk Road, and they committed the crimes by changing, adding and removing data to the site. A lot of this tainted information was suppressed during the trial which Lyn claims is unlawful and goes against the Brady Rule. Some of the information was let out only after the trial, according to Lyn. This is the point bywhich she is demanding a retrial of the case against the Silk Road administrator. She believes that the basis for the retrial and its outcome would be of benefit to all Americans and would help to repose her faith on the American legal system.

Such a sentence was awarded to Ross, according to the concerned judges, only because he set an unhealthy precedent. He showed how the Internet can be used at its worst, they said. Lyn, however, felt that the sentence was unfair as the biggest drug dealer on the website was awarded a mere sentence of 10 years, and a cocaine-heroin dealer was awarded a 5-year prison term. The tainted agents received six- and seven-year terms.

Lyn’s Thoughts

Ross-UlbrichtThe Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht, has spent a year in prison now and his mother Lyn believes he becomes matured in the periodand is not as naive as when he started the website. She hopes that a retrial would allow her son to return to the society with a mind that has turned wiser and older. Her son was a person of libertarian thoughts who only wanted to offer people the experience of free markets, in every sense of the word. He had lectured on free markets before he was convicted and it was all that he wanted. On the day of his sentencing, Ross Ulbricht even said that he did not mean any harm to anyone by running the Silk Road.

Lyn believes that her fight for the retrial would contribute towards the protection of constitutional, freedom and privacy rights of all the Americans.

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Silk Road Judge Denies Motion For Retrial

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Silk Road Judge Denies Motion For Retrial

The mastermind behind the online drug bazaar Silkroad will not get a retrial, according to the ruling issued Monday by a federal judge in the U.S., thwarting the efforts made by Silkroad founder Ross Ulbricht’s defense in taking the Deep Web drug case to the court once again. District Judge Katherine Forrest has denied a motion filed by the attorneys of Ulbricht in March this year after he was convicted on seven charges relating to Silkroad.

The judge, in her memo, shot down a series of arguments raised by the Silkroad founder’s defense, including the corruption charges slapped on two agents from the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration. The agents allegedly blackmailed and extorted thousands of dollars from Ulbricht. The defense also noted that the time given to them for reviewing the evidence was insufficient as well as unfair, denying fifth-amendment rights for the man on trial.

According to Judge Forrest, the strong arguments put forward by the defense team are not accurate enough for initiating a retrial. She noted that the evidence against Ulbricht was overwhelming in all respects and it cannot be disproved. She added that the motion for a new trial does not clarify as to how any additional time, investigation or evidence would impact the outcome of his trial.

Judge ForrestJudge Forrest noted in her memo that the motion for a Silkroad retrial shall not be granted unless after an examination of the entire case, taking into consideration the circumstances and facts, the court is convinced that an innocent person has been convicted. “After a thorough and complete review of the Silkroad case, the Court does not have such concerns,” Judge Forrest opined.

Ross Ulbricht indicted on charges related to operating an underground website by name Silkroad under the name Dread Pirate Roberts to sell illegal drugs and provide hacking services in return for the crypto-currency Bitcoin is now faced with the possibility of a life sentence later this year.

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Silk Road Mastermind Ask For Re-Trial

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The defense team for Ross Ulbricht who was convicted of creating and operating the Silkroad underground market requested for a retrial. They claim that the United States government used unlawful surveillance to obtain the evidence from the Silkroad server and in addition, they delayed for months before presenting it to the defense.

The statement presented last week in New York South District, show how the prosecutors presented evidence used to convict the Silkroad mastermind and how the jury found him liable of seven offenses. These offenses relates to his association with the Silkroad website, including counts of money laundering conspiracies and narcotics.

Ross Ulbricht, 30 years of age, is yet to be sentenced, but may suffer life imprisonment after a ruling is done later this year. In the meantime, his lawyers are asking the court to reconsider an earlier application to forbid the use of some evidence. The evidence, as the lawyers said, was obtained illegally by the government from the Silkroad server.

The most recent motions have three statements seeking for retrial in the judgment against The Silkroad founder. His lawyers say that Ross was denied his right to a fair and due process trial. The reason for the above is that the government didn’t provide information and evidential material within the timeline required. Secondly, in the addition to the delay of the material made available to Ulbricht lawyers, new queries raised about the surveillance to the Silkroad server which was not well addressed during trial. Lastly, Ulbricht’s attorneys claim that the court should take into consideration a bitcoin expert’s testimony that was not heard during the trial.

The motion reveals that there were documents worth 5000 pages pertaining to a special agent from Homeland Security Investigations- Jared Der-Yeghiayan. The details were availed less than 14 days before trial. Even after reaching the set deadline, 230 new exhibits were brought by the law enforcement. If the defense had been given enough time to analyze the evidence, Ulbricht’s lawyers argue that they would have the ability to suppress the evidence more successfully.

Mark KarpelesText messages between a confidential informant and Jared Der-Yeghiayan, the lawyers argue, demonstrate clearly that the law enforcement was conducting warrant less surveillance on the Silkroad website. The surveillance would enable the security agency to capture details about the origin and what the information passing via the Tor node contained. The confidential informant, in their conversation, told Jared Der-Yeghiayan that he was logging, running and recording all the data from the node as it exited the anonymous network.

This surveillance, Ulbricht’s attorneys says, raises various novel 4th Amendment concerns and gives more evidence that that the law enforcement discovered the information about the Silkroad server through warrant less surveillance. In addition, further messages between the two reveals plans for the law enforcement to launch a denial-of-service attack against Silkroad. The purpose for this was to “listen” to the servers of Silkroad. Though it is unclear from the text messages information whether the law enforcement ever did the DDOS attack, it is clear from the recorded evidence that the DDOS attacks occurred against the Silkroad servers.

Together with the failure of the bitcoin expert to give a testimony as planned, Joshua Dratel, the lead attorney, stated that the case could have been changed remarkably. He hopes that the court will give a chance for a retrial. Prosecutors will be required to give a response to the motions of the defense by April. If she doesn’t agree to order for a retrial, The Judge for The US District, Catherine Forrest will sentence The Silkroad mastermind on 15th May.

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