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By Gary Leland

Ross Ulbricht is a first-time offender serving two life sentences without parole + 40 years for all non-violent charges associated with creating the Silk Road website. Passionate about free markets and privacy, he was 26 when he made the site. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. Silk Road was an online marketplace with an emphasis on user privacy. Using Bitcoin on the Tor browser, consenting people chose to anonymously exchange a variety of goods, both legal and illegal, including drugs (most commonly small amounts of cannabis). Prohibited was anything involuntary that created victims or used force. Ross was not accused of selling drugs or illegal items himself, nor did he launder money or hack computers, but was held responsible for what others sold on the site. Sign & share Ross’s clemency petition: Over 170,000 people have signed it so far. For additional information visit Sponsored by the Bit Block Boom Bitcoin Conference. Take a look at this great conference coming to Dallas, Texas at GARY'S OTHER PODCASTS ► ► ► ► This is a production. ETH: 0x3cCd1c8c2e55CA73b62ebF57F8B07B47c58e24bB

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