The movement to exonerate Ross Ulbricht, the currently incarcerated founder of Silk Road, has received a boost from a U.S.Senate candidate just weeks ahead of the midterm elections.
Maine State Senator Eric Brakey, a Republican who is currently running for federal Senate office, signed Ulbricht’s clemency petition and voiced his support for the movement on Twitter.
Vocal Support from Senate Candidate
Ulbricht is currently serving a double life sentence along with a 40-year jail term without the possibility of parole for his role in establishing and leading the operations of Silk Road, a darknet market that was seized in 2013.
This past summer, the Supreme Court denied his Petition of Certiorari for alleged constitutional violations during investigations and his sentencing.
Essentially, the denial prohibits Ulbricht from appealing his sentencing again before the Supreme Court.
To further the quest for Ulbricht’s freedom, his family, legal team and supporters of the Free Ross campaign launched a petition on Change.org aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump.
A few days after its launch, the petition had gunned over 18,400 signatures and has currently been signed by over 95,000 individuals.
The campaign received a major boost after State Senator Brakey, a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, signed the petition as well.
Through a post to his Twitter handle back in August, Brakey said that he had signed the petition.
In subsequent tweets posted a month later, Brakey expressed his wish to visit Ulbricht when he visits Colorado before stating that he had been treated unfairly by the criminal justice system.
He further stated he would raise the issue with president Trump if he wins the November midterm elections.
Ulbricht replied through his handle (dictated by his family) thanking the senator for his support and stating that he was his “new favorite Senate candidate.”
Ulbricht’s twitter handle was created earlier this year by his family and friends, to offer him a platforms relay thoughts and other sentiments concerning his clemency petition.
He stated in a tweet that he directs his tweets through phone and the comments are printed out and mailed to him.
He has also received support from Erik Voorhees, a key figure in the crypto world.
Additionally, the Libertarian Party of the United States during their convention passed a resolution urging president Trump to grant Ulbricht a full and unconditional pardon.
It has been exactly five years since Ulbricht was sentenced, and his quest for freedom has been riddled with obstacles.
Some have argued that the chances of freedom have become slim to none after the Supreme Court blocked his most probable chance.
Furthermore, the severity of Ulbricht’s sentencing has been questioned by many, stating that it violated his Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights.
Through their website, the Free Ross campaign has outlined information and proof that injustice imposed on Ulbricht.
They seek to raise awareness of the allegations of rights violations, reliance on unproven allegations, corruption and prosecutorial misconduct during investigations and trial.
Regardless of the misfortunes in Ulbricht’s pursuit for freedom, there might be light at the end of the tunnel after all.
This was after a court in New York dropped the murder-for-hire indictment against him. This indictment was a key point during his sentencing, with his family and friends optimistic that it dismal will open up a glimmer of hope for his freedom.
All in all, Ulbricht could have a powerful voice in Eric Brakey in his quest for freedom if he is elected into the federal U.S. Senate.
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