Posted 06/08/2015 at 9:35 AM
Posted 2 years ago
The founder of the notorious online illegal narcotics marketplace Silk Road has taken steps to fight his conviction handed down last week.
Ross Ulbricht received a lifetime sentence without parole in the US District Court for the website, which became a hive for dealers and buyers making drug transactions without fear of detection by law enforcement since its creation in 2011.
Ulbright has filed for an appeal within the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals in Manhattan, New York.
Ulbricht was accused of operating by the name ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ and overseeing the site’s growth to a net worth of $1.2 billion, fueled by its residency on the Dark Web within the Tor network and its reliance on Bitcoins as forms of payment along with buyer guarantees and user ratings.
He made an impassioned plea to Judge Katherine Forrest, who levied the full weight of the law in sentencing after a Federal jury found him guilty of narcotics trafficking, in addition to the charges of corruption and money laundering.
Ulbricht’s defense team is building an appeal that may include their charges that government agents assigned to the case themselves were guilty of corruption and money laundering, as well as stealing bitcoins that were involved in the investigation.