Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht has spent six years in prison and has 34 years and two life sentences to go unless a petition spearheaded by his mother and sister lead to a grant of clemency.
195K Signatures and Counting For Ulbricht
A petition seeking clemency for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is quickly approaching 200,000 signatures. Ulbricht is currently serving a 40-year sentence on top of a double life sentence for his role as the leader of the defunct black market website.
Ulbricht is only six years into his sentence and his mother Lyn Ulbricht recently attended a blockchain conference in Toronto to advocate for her son.
Ms. Ulbricht is hopeful that if she collects enough signatures President Donald Trump will grant her son clemency.
The online petition currently has more than 195,000 signatures, including those of Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, Roger Ver and billionaire Bitcoin bull, Tim Draper.
A number of politicians and movie stars have also expressed their support for Ross Ulbricht.
According to Ms. Ulbricht, Ross is a good person, an idealist, and a libertarian. She said:
I didn’t think of him as someone who was interested in technology persay, but he was interested in Bitcoin because he was a freedom guy. He worked on the Ron Paul [Presidential] campaign. He was very interested in Bitcoin as a means to monetary freedom for people.
The Audacity of Hope
Both Ms. Ulbricht and Ross’s sister Cally are placing their hopes in the Change.org petition, and nothing would make them happier than to have Ross home for his 36th birthday.
Ross also appears to be wishing for the same outcome and a recent tweet of a handwritten note expresses his desire to “turn 36 in freedom”.