Ross Ulbricht's clemency petition is closing in on 160,000 signatures stemming from individuals asking U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon Ulbricht. In addition to the vast number of signatures, roughly 100 eminent organizations and well known figures have supported Ulbricht's effort, many of whom have written a statement on Ulbricht's behalf in order to speak out against his draconian double-life prison sentence for creating a website.
Close to 160,000 Signatures and Widespread Support for Ross Ulbricht
Ross Ulbricht is serving a double-life sentence, plus forty years in prison without the chance of parole. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest back in 2015 and Ulbricht has spent a number of years behind bars. Since Ulbricht was sentenced, a great number of individuals and organizations have supported him over the years and just recently his family created a petition asking Trump to grant Ulbricht clemency.
At the time of writing, the petition has gathered a whopping 158,602 signatures and the family hopes to reach 200,000 soon. Scrolling through the commentary shows people who have signed the petition believe that Ulbricht's sentencing was unfair to give to a person who just created a website where others sold drugs. Ulbricht's punishment for operating the Silk Road marketplace is far harsher than even murderers and many other darknet creators have received much lesser sentences.
Moreover, with Ulbricht receiving a great number of signatures from people who support his cause, there's also a wide range of statements addressed to Trump stemming from prominent businesses, well known political activists, celebrities and crypto luminaries.
For instance, the assistant secretary of housing under U.S. President George H.W. Bush details in her statement that she would like to see Ross free as soon as possible. "I am but one of the thousands – growing to millions – of people who intend to see Ross Ulbricht walk free, putting an end to a saga that began in 2013 and that constitutes one of the worst examples of prosecutorial abuse the United States has suffered yet," Catherine Austin Fitts' statement explains. The popular political party in the United States that promotes free markets and individual freedoms, the Libertarian Party, also would like to see Trump grant Ulbricht clemency. The political party states:
The Libertarian Party has requested President Trump grant a full pardon to Ross Ulbricht.