News Ulbricht sentenced in Silk Road case

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    Ulbricht sentenced in Silk Road case
    [​IMG] Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY 5 p.m. EDT May 29, 2015
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    (Photo: AP Photo/Vicki Behringer)

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    NEW YORK — A federal judge gave convicted Silk Road darknet mastermind Ross Ulbricht two terms of life in prison and three lesser sentences Friday for founding and operating a criminal version of eBay that made buying illegal drugs almost as easy as clicking a computer mouse.

    After the 31-year-old Texas native apologized for his deeds and asked for leniency, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ordered Ulbricht to serve far more than the mandatory minimum 20-year term he faced for his February conviction on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise and related allegations.

    The punishment matched the life term called for under federal sentencing guidelines and recommended by a government probation report.

    Forrest also imposed a nearly $184 million forfeiture order on Ulbricht. "It wasn't a game, and you knew that," said Forrest, who said Silk Road was "your opus."

    "I don't think you did something thoughtless. I think you did something very thoughtful," the judge added.

    Ulbricht, dressed in a black detention top and pants, appeared as if he were trying to hold back tears as he addressed the judge. "I had a desire to, I wanted to empower people to make choices in their lives for themselves and have privacy and anonymity," he said. "I'm not a self-centered sociopathic person who wanted to express inner badness."

    Pronouncing himself "a little wiser" and "more humbled," Ulbricht said he was "so sorry for the families" who lost loved ones to Silk Road-related drug deaths.

    Ulbricht did not testify during the more than three-week federal court trial that ended with a jury of six women and six men finding him guilty after barely three hours of deliberations.

    The trial featured evidence Ulbricht used the nom de Net "Dread Pirate Roberts" — drawn from The Princess Bride novel and movie — to run Silk Road from 2011-2013 as an encrypted electronic bazaar. The site matched buyers and sellers around the world for billions of dollars of deals featuring heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, phony IDs and computer-hacking programs.

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    Silk Road 'darknet' boss found guilty of running massive drug website

    Silk Road operated on a hidden area of the Internet, and required all deals to be paid for in bitcoins, an electronic currency that preserved the anonymity of its denizens. Trial evidence showed Ulbricht reaped bitcoins worth roughly $18 million.

    With the swiftness of their verdict, jurors rejected defense arguments that Ulbricht founded Silk Road, but soon turned it over to unidentified others who lured him back to take the fall as federal investigators closed in on the fast-growing operation.

    Lead defense attorney Joshua Dratel, had argued that the man who in boyhood reached Eagle Scout status was a loving family member and remorseful entrepreneur who deserved leniency. In pre-sentence filings, he cited a declaration by Fernando Caudevilla, a Spanish physician who used the name "Doctor X" and provided expert advice on drug use on Silk Road's safety forum.

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    Silk Road darknet mastermind seeks leniency

    Paying Caudevilla $500 a week to provide that advice showed Ulbricht was not an unfeeling businessman, argued Dratel, who is separately expected to pursue an appeal of the conviction.

    Forrest shot down that argument, calling Caudevilla an "enabler," and his behavior "breathtakingly irresponsible."

    Federal prosecutors, however Ulbricht deserved far more than the 20-year minimum sentence. In support of their argument that he merited an enhanced sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Serrin Turner and Timothy Howard gave Forrest details of six drug-overdose deaths involving Silk Road drug buyers, and stressed trial evidence that showed Ulbricht's involvement in murder-for-hire plots to protect the operation.

    Dratel objected, arguing in part that prosecutors failed to show sufficient evidence showing the deaths were directly linked to Silk Road drug buys. He also noted that prosecutors did not seek such a major sentence enhancement for a Silk Road worker who was sentenced to the equivalent of a 14-month prison sentence on Tuesday.

    Forrest, however, said the issues should be considered in sentencing. She heard deeply emotional statements from two parents whose children died from Silk Road drug overdoses.

    One victim, an athletic young kayaker identified in a prosecution filing only by his first name, Bryan, was an employee of a small money management firm in Boston. He was found dead in his apartment in early October 2013, within days of Ulbricht's arrest in San Francisco.

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    Undated photo shows Silk Road darknet mastermind Ross Ulbricht (left) with friends. (Photo: Ulbricht defense team federal court filing)

    Bryan's father, Richard, addressed the court and described how his son apparently tried heroin during his senior year in college, then spent the final two years of his life battling drug urges.

    The grieving father also wrote in a victim impact statement that Bryan used his computer to connect with Silk Road, an operation that "eliminated every obstacle that would keep serious drugs away from anyone who was tempted."

    "Clearly my son made a horrible choice in electing to try heroin in the first place," wrote Richard.

    However, he told the court that Ulbricht's Silk Road business had none of the theoretical, political or socially redeeming characteristics claimed by Ulbrich' and his supporters.

    "All Ross Ulbricht cared about was his growing pile of bitcoins," the father said in the hushed court room as he called for "the most severe sentence the law allowed."

    "This is the behavior of a sociopath," he concluded.
     
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    life?? that's insane

    what kind of country is this that drug dealers get charged for the overdose deaths of people who voluntarily buy from them?


    #FreeDPR
     
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    The story from wired is such a good read. I can't wait for this to be turned into a movie.

    I highly recommend reading this, you will not be disappointed.

    The Rise and Fall of Silk Road
    Part 1:
    http://www.wired.com/2015/04/silk-road-1/

    Part 2: The Fall
    http://www.wired.com/2015/05/silk-road-2/


    DPR also tried to get several people killed and didn't even catch a murder charge. Some of his ideas were admirable, but the fact that he got recreational drugs tied up in his murder plots does not do any favors for the recreational drug user.
     
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    I think the life sentence is ridiculous, too...however...the murder for hire is a whole different animal
     
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    The gov't has no business interfering with a private contract between 2 or more consenting adults!
     
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    Murder for hire?:wtf:
     
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    Murder for hire plots.:facepalm:

    I agree with Chaz.:uvag:
     
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    Oh yeah...it's in the article/small novel posted above.

    It's a great read, but yeah...I think he tried to have 2 people killed..one guy who worked for him and got caught by the feds
     
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    I wanna be pissed, but I just laughed!
     
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    Federal sentencing guidelines are INSANELY strict.

    Federal judges aren't absolutely bound by them but this judge apparently is a real ball buster. :eek:
     
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    yeah i know about the supposed attempted hits/entrapment situations, but if those weren't included in the charges they shouldn't be a factor.

    that article is a great read. scummy cops that were investigating the case ended up getting busted for their own darknet shit
     
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    More than that. He hired the fed to kill people, then he hired a Hells Angel to kill a guy and his whole house of roommates. He got off because the Hells Angel just took DPR's money and ran.

    They had to make an example of DPR. The scariest part of Silk Road to the US government is the fact that DPR made 80 million dollars that they weren't able to stick their greedy hands in and take their cut..
     
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    I never finished the article...holy christ!
     
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    i say @dawg lets us turn dawgshed into the next silk road to honor Ulbricht :flag:
     
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    yeah.. They know because DPR had one fed he was talking to (Force aka Nob) and one admin who the feds flipped (Cirrus? or something close to that)

    I am sure Dawg won't mind.
     
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    exactly
     
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    a long read but AMAZING
    those transcripts came off so ridiculous. has it been confirmed that the people he put the 'hit' on actually existed?. seems like some mults or that one undercover guy, force, bilked him out of close to a mil in bitcoins without 'hitting' anyone.
     
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    Bill from "Bill & Ted" fame has done a documentary about it

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3312868/

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    There are other dark net sites around... some reddit searches could point u the way. Even a Silk Road 2.0 (with a new DPR). I would not recommend doing any black market shit anymore (besides obvious legal reasons), whats left is really shady (from what I hear). Not too long ago a Tor site called Evolution that took over for Silk Road scammed all of their dealers and users in an exit scam. The two owners made off with about 12 million dollars in BTC! They robbed everyone blind! For over a year (and probably still to this day) people were searching for the two owners of Evolution to try to kill them or get their money back. They are living in up somewhere with other peoples money. The story of the Evolution exit scam is a fascinating one in its own right, some google searches and u'll find some VERY entertaining reddits. Some vendors lost over 50k and a few guys were freakkking out on reddit... saying they had guns in their mouths ready to pull the trigger because the scam took every last penny they had.

    One of the biggest child pornographers on Tor was caught by the Feds using Malware. The Feds implanted the malware coded to fuck with the Firefox version that Tor runs on.. it made computers reveal the real IP addresses. If they can do that, you have to be verrryyy careful doing ANYTHING illegal on Tor. Nothing is completely safe, you're always taking a risk.
     
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    Complete bullshit! There are mass murderers that get less time then this. :pissed:
     
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