Near the end of 2021, Ross Ulbricht remains in prison and continues to serve his life sentence for creating a marketplace called Silk Road. Since his arrest, efforts to free him have continued, as many believe his sentence was unfair and the trial was a clear miscarriage of justice.
The petition for the liberation of Ross Ulbricht has almost half a million signatures
Ross Ulbricht is still serving a life sentence for creating Silk Road, and his family and close friends are still struggling to free him. Thirty-seven-years-old Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 and convicted of a number of non-violent criminal charges in February 2015.
In May 2015, Ulbricht was sentenced to double life imprisonment plus forty years without the possibility of parole. Many individuals and organizations have criticized the US government and Ulbricht’s judge for imposing such harsh punishment. Shon Hopwood, a professor of law at Georgetown University, said:
“Such a punishment should at least be reserved for the worst crimes committed by the criminals repeatedly – Ross’s crime is nowhere near this category and his punishment was grossly disproportionate.”
In 2017 and 2018, Ulbricht tried to appeal to the US Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. However, the attempt was unsuccessful and currently remains locked in a United States prison in Tucson.
It was launched in support of Ulbricht’s release petition addressed to the President of the United States. In an introductory statement, Ross’s mother Lyn Ulbricht emphasizes that “Ross has not been treated fairly and his punishment is disproportionate.”
Ulbricht’s petition is approaching a milestone, as the total number of petition signatures is approaching 500,000. At the time of writing, the data show that Ulbricht’s request for clemency lacks 50,707 signatures. The petition shows that hundreds of thousands of individuals agree that his punishment was too harsh. Ulbricht had served nine years in prison.
“My future died in court that day when I was sentenced to life without parole,” Ulbricht said in a recent blog post. The petition is full of people who also add comments to the signatures.
“Ross’ punishment is a gross miscarriage of justice. It is ugly to rob a person of their life for a nonviolent offense, ”writes Angela Bertalot, for example. Ethan Erkiletian, writes: “Justice should be just and this was everything but this.”
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