Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Denied Review of Prison Life Sentence by Supreme Court
Ross Ulbricht, currently serving a life sentence for his participation in the now-closed Silk Road marketplace, has his sentence review denied by the Supreme Court.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the review of the life sentence of Ross Ulbricht, also known as the “Dread Pirate Roberts” of the Silk Road darknet marketplace, according to a court order released today, June 28.
Twitter account @free_ross tweeted the news today, calling the court’s decision “devastating:”
“SCOTUS denied #RossUlbricht cert petition this morning after holding it pending Carpenter. This is a NO on internet privacy and Ross's case. Devastating. #freeross”
Ulbricht had been arrested and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for his involvement in the Silk Road marketplace, convicted of helping the distribution of drugs, computer hacking, fraud, and money laundering, among others.
In October of last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed the proceeds of the 144,336 Bitcoin (BTC) seized when the Silk Road was shut down in 2013, collecting around $48 million.