According to two anonymous sources, US President Donald Trump is considering leniency for Ross Ulbricht. White House reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley claim that sources indicate in detail that Trump has “expressed sympathy” for Ross Ulbricht and his double life sentences.
Ross Ulbricht could receive leniency from incumbent US President Donald Trump if the US leader is influenced by the Silk Road story. Ulbricht is known for creating the darknet market website Silk Road, and he was arrested in 2013. Following his arrest, in May 2015, Ulbricht was sentenced to double life imprisonment plus 40 years without the possibility of parole. Ulbricht and his family also attempted to use the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2017 and also the US Supreme Court in 2018. Both attempts were unsuccessful, however, and Ulbricht currently lives in Tucson prison.
Since Ulbricht was arrested and sentenced to a double life in prison, many individuals and organizations believe Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice. The website freeross.org has published material showing 250 organizations, prominent individuals and leaders express support for the freedom of Ulbricht. A leniency petition written to US President Donald Trump on the web portal change.org has amassed a staggering amount 366,800 signatures to date. Then, on Tuesday December 15, 2020, a report from the Daily Beast explains that Trump may be considering granting Ulbricht leniency.
White House reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley say two anonymous sources have revealed Trump’s assessment of Ulbricht’s case. “People familiar with the issue” have said “White House counsel’s office has been dealing with documents related to the Ulbricht case, and Trump was recently made aware of the situation and the pleas of the Silk Road founder’s allies,” the report said. reporters.
The report adds:
Two of these sources say the president has at times privately expressed some sympathy for Ulbricht’s situation, including considering his name for his next round of commutations and pardons ahead of his Democratic opponent’s January 20 inauguration in 2020.
The journalists note that it is uncertain whether Trump will grant Ross leniency or not, but they note that the founder of Silk Road has “acquired some influential donors in the president’s political and social career.” Well-known activist Weldon Angelos said he has been forwarding documents to contacts in the White House since February.
“At the beginning of the year [Ulbricht’s] family had contacted us for our support, and my organization and I have supported his full commutation, and I hope that President Trump will commute his sentence in its entirety, ”said Angelos. “This case may have more support than I’ve seen in this case.” According to White House correspondents for the Daily Beast, the Trump administration has not commented on this topic.
“We pray and continue to hope that he will show mercy to Ross, as he has others, and convert his sentence into sitting time and give my son a second chance,” said Lyn Ulbricht, Ross’ mother in an interview on Tuesday. .
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