According to The Daily Beast, outgoing US President Donald Trump is considering granting clemency to Ross Ulbricht – the founder and operator of the pioneering darknet market, Silk Road.
Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 and sentenced to two life sentences without parole for non-violent crimes in 2015.
The anonymous sources used in the report claim that White House counsel’s office has reviewed documents related to Ulbricht’s case and that the president has been notified of the situation.
Two sources claim Trump has expressed private sympathy for Ulbricht and considered his name for the next round of gratitude.
In conversation with the publication, Ulbricht’s mother Lyn admired Trump’s criminal justice reform policies, adding:
“We pray and continue to hope that he will show mercy to Ross, as he has others, and commute his punishment at intervals and give my son a second chance at life.”
Jo Jorgensen, the 2020 candidate for the Libertarian Party, campaigned for Ulbricht’s pardon, alongside whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning.
Trump has a little over a month to pardon, and President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20.