The Silk Road episode is back in the news. This time, Ross Ulbricht’s defense is questioning the fairness of the trial that led to his conviction. Ross’ defense team has appealed his sentence in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Filed by the Ross Ulbricht’s defense counsel Joshua Dratel, the reply brief states that his client was wrongly convicted after being investigated by corrupt law enforcement officials. The appeal also refers to a list of abuses of discretionary authority by the court resulting in a gross violation of the defendant’s rights.
Ross Ulbricht aka Dread Pirate Roberts was arrested and convicted for running a deep web online marketplace for drugs, contraband, and weapons. He is currently serving a double life sentence for his role in Silk Road’s operations. The reply brief requests the court to vacate all convictions and order a retrial or re-sentencing before a different district judge.
Soon after his conviction, two law enforcement officers from the US DEA and US Secret Service pleaded guilty of crimes committed by them during the course of investigation. Both Carl Force of DEA and Shaun Bridges of the US Secret Service were responsible for extortion, theft, and misappropriation of