Anonymous sources say that President Trump is sympathetic to the movement for Free Ross and is considering clemency for the founder of the Silk Road.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump is considering offering clemency to Ross Ulbricht, the founder and operator of the groundbreaking darknet market, Silk Path, according to The Daily Beast.
Ulbricht was convicted in 2013 and in 2015 obtained two life sentences for non-violent offenses, without parole.
The unnamed sources relied on the study say that the office of the White House counsel checked documents relating to Ulbricht’s case and that the President was made aware of the situation.
Two reports argue that Trump shared his sympathy for Ulbricht privately and suggested his name for the next round of pardons.
Ulbricht’s mother Lyn, speaking to the paper, expressed admiration for Trump’s criminal justice reform policies, adding:
“We’re praying and remain hopeful that he will show mercy on Ross, as he has others, and commute his sentence to time served and give my son a second chance at life.”
In addition to whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party’s 2020 nominee, advocated for Ulbricht’s pardon.
With President-elect Joe Biden being sworn into office on Jan. 20, Trump has a little over a month to issue the pardon.