Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on Ross Ulbricht being denied a post-conviction relief extension this past February. Since then Ulbricht's new legal team and his family continue to fight for Ross's freedom with a filed a Petition of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.
The Fight to Free Ross Ulbricht Continues With a Petition of Certiorari
Ross William Ulbricht is a 33-year old American who was convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and computer hacking crimes tied to the Silk Road website created in 2011. Ulbricht was accused of being the creator of the Silk Road under the pseudonym "Dread Pirate Roberts," and was arrested in 2013. In 2015 Ulbricht was convicted of the aforementioned charges and sentenced to life in prison. The family has been fighting for their son's freedom for years due to the fact that there were many investigation discrepancies, and government agents who were caught red-handed manipulating the case. However, last year the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the decision to keep Ulbricht in jail for life.
Then this year Ulbricht's new legal team, Williams & Connolly, tried to extend a fixed three year period with a motion called "Rule 33." Although, the extension was not granted, and Judge Forrest denied the motion to extend the time for a Rule 33. The latest Petition of Certiorari with the Supreme Court argues two very important questions tethered to Ulbricht's case.
Whether the warrantless seizure of an individual's Internet traffic information without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment.
Whether the Sixth Amendment is violated when a judge uses uncharged allegations, never brought to trial before a jury, to support an excessive sentence.