This is the 5th of a 6-part series concerning the Silk Road, which became famous as on online drug market, and the capturing and imprisonment of its founder Ross Ulbricht. All of the information is from public sources, but when brought together like this gives a better outline of the story than we have otherwise known.
The 18th chapter looks at the way the judge continually favoured the prosecution, allowing them to present evidence very late, and refusing to allow the defence to bring in expert witnesses to show how things that were claimed by the prosecution could not have been as they said. One of the most disturbing revelations from this chapter is how all this manoeuvring was hidden from the jury.
The 19th chapter concerns the sentencing of Ross following his conviction. In violation of the constitution it does appear that Ross was sentenced more heavily because the judge didn’t like the political views which she claimed he held. The outrageous sentence of two life sentences + 40 years, without chance of parole, is unheard of for this sort of crime, and was never imposed before or since, as many civil liberties groups argued. Still the sentence stands.
For those who wish to send good wishes, or give help for Ross’ continuing legal battle, there is this page on change.org: Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website.
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