Mother of Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts
The Federal government claims that Ross
Ulbricht created and operated the web marketplace Silk Road, under the
pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR). He was arraigned in New York on
four counts, to which he pleaded not guilty: narcotics trafficking;
computer hacking; money laundering; and engaging in a criminal
However, the actual allegations are for
hosting a website not for breaking these laws. He is not alleged to have
possessed or sold drugs; organized people in an illegal enterprise;
hacked into a computer; or laundered legal tender. Please see http://freeross.org/counts-against-ulbricht-are-deeply-flawed/ for a fuller explanation of why the charges are unconstitutionally vague and misapplied.
Although initially charged with planning six
murders, Ross was not indicted in New York for any. In November
prosecutor Serrin Turner used the murder-for-hire allegations to argue
against bail being granted, yet he did not indict Ulbricht for these
allegations in February. In addition, no victim is named in the
prosecution's complaint or the New York indictment, and the FBI
affidavit states that there is no record of any actual homicide. There
is still an indictment in Maryland alleging one murder-for-hire crime.
We are convinced it is false and predict that this remaining accusation
of planned violence will go the way of the other five.
(Note: The murder-for-hire allegation is
now an "uncharged crime" mentioned in the narcotics trafficking
conspiracy section of the New York Indictment. It is NOT a formal
charge and requires no proof).
President of the Free State Project and organizer of Porcfest 2014