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When Ross Ulbricht was found guilty for administering the darknet marketplace known
as the Silk Road, it marked the beginning of a campaign by supporters to at least
lessen the then 30-
In October 2013, Mr. Ulbricht was working at the San Francisco Public Library when he was surrounded by federal agents who detained him. Sent to New York to face trial for running the darknet marketplace, Mr. Ulbricht was swiftly found guilty.
In the weeks after the guilty verdict, increasingly worrisome circumstances regarding the case surfaced, such as corruption of lead investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency, who exploited their unique position for personal gain and potentially spoiled the investigation. Law enforcement and prosecutors vehemently disagree with such assertions.
My hope grows everytime I look at the road and realise how big it is and what odds it could hide. #FreeRoss #Art4Ross pic.twitter.com/NlDQrlVq6p — k12 (@DreBoyka) October 9, 2016
The arrest of her son turned Lyn Ulbricht into an activist, and thousands of people,
A most recent campaign by the “Free Ross” camp is an “Art 4 Ross,” which taps into Mr. Ulbricht’s own interest in drawing and the arts.
Using the hashtag “#Art4Ross” on Twitter, dozens of individuals have shared their
art for Mr. Ulbricht. The campaign, which started in August at the annual libertarian-
Watercolour painting for Ross! #freeross #art4ross @Free_Ross pic.twitter.com/ybSQZ0Q1UW — Emily Pont (@Emms2612) August 4, 2016
The art campaign has picked up steam in the last week on Twitter, just as news surfaced that the Dread Pirate Roberts account, which Mr. Ulbricht is convicted of using for the administration of the Silk Road, was active even after his arrest in San Francisco. Ms. Ulbricht made an official statement on the finding:
Ms. Ulbricht made an official statement on the finding:
…we only know the tip of the iceberg regarding the corruption in this case. This
week we have seen another big chunk of ice revealed: evidence tampering and apparently
at least one additional DPR. If this back-
While such details of his case surface on the outside, Mr. Ulbricht has been busy on the inside making art of his own. His family has in fact exhibited some of Mr. Ulbricht’s prison art in order to raise funds for his defense.