Episode-2201- Lyn Ulbricht on Silk Road Going to the Supreme Court

Lyn Ulbricht is a political activist and advocate for individual freedom, privacy and criminal justice reform. She is also the mother of Ross Ulbricht, who was sentenced to double life without parole for all non-violent charges associated with his role in the Silk Road website. This was a “dark web” marketplace designed to protect the privacy of its users.

The site was product agnostic: buyers and sellers determined what was anonymously exchanged using the little-known currency bitcoin. This included both legal and illegal goods, including drugs, although involuntary things that created victims, such as child porn and stolen goods, were prohibited.
Ross has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear his case on important and far-reaching Fourth and Sixth Amendment issues.

Having seen her only son incarcerated for life after a trial riddled with proven corruption, Lyn is dedicated to fighting not only for Ross’ freedom, but for the thousands who have been victimized by our flawed criminal justice system and the drug war. She strives to direct awareness to the important precedents being set with Ross’s high-profile case, issues that will impact the freedom and privacy in the digital age.

Lyn has spoken at numerous events in several countries; appeared on many TV, radio and podcast shows— including Reason TV, CNN, HuffPost Live and Fox; and been interviewed by major and alternative media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Buzzfeed, John Stossel and The Guardian. She is also prominently featured in the documentary Deep Web.

When not working to raise awareness, Lyn focuses on raising funds for Ross’ legal fight through www.freeross.org

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5 Responses to Episode-2201- Lyn Ulbricht on Silk Road Going to the Supreme Court

  1. Great show. I wish more people would spread the word on this. Not just media, but actual people having conversations with friends and family.

    I do have a question for Lyn if she sees this. There are many media portrayals of the events surrounding the silk road and the investigation, the trial. Documentaries and such. All seem to conflict with the details that came to light after the trial. Are there types of video that provide an accurate summary of the events? Something which others could watch in an hour or two that would give them a reasonable grasp of the situation? Everything I have seen, even those that seem to show Ross in a more sympathetic light still tend to ignore the improprieties of the investigators and the judge. Is there a singular peice of media which can dispell some of the innacuracies the media has put forward?

    On a side note, The “Free Ross” lapel pins definately get people’s attention. Its started more than a few conversations, even with complete strangers on the street. Its shown that a lot of people seem to be aware of the case, but most are just confused about the details. Even those who seem to accept Ross as guilty reserve judgement because they admit they just dont know what the hell is going on. I think theres a huge number of people out there who would be very supportive of what your doing if only they knew more about what happened and whats at stake. Keep up the great work.

  2. Hello Jack,

    Great show, good, scary as hell, but good.

    Donated $100.00 to the defense fund, because of this episode.

    Dude, Y O U R O C K ! ! !

    Blessings to Lyn and Ross, hope the Supreme Court goes forward with this one.

    Thanks for all that you have done, are doing now and will do in the future.

    Blessings and regards to Clan Spirko and your loved ones.

    Regards,

  3. This show touched on a lot of important points. The development of governments that are as abusive as ours is becoming is a complex subject, but worthy of study. Those abuses have cut across my awareness, if not my personal life, so many times in just one lifetime, that they just can’t be ignored. I don’t blame those who want to find a way to get away from it, but if you take that course, it’s always possible the system will eventually catch up with you.

    Until I learned that the criminal mind, the psychopath, was real, I couldn’t understand the situation at all. But now that we know how to spot such people, the question remains, how do we take back control?

    The “criminal justice” system today is very close to being a total farce. For all I know, it has always been. It provides a “legal” way for the people in power to punish or stop their enemies. It very seldom provides justice. Even though my church makes a point of being friendly with police, they scare me, because I know some of the crazy lies they are told.

    If we really want to permanently correct the societal defects that have been showing over my lifetime (63 years), it can only be on the basis of rebuilding the entire thing, person by person. The task seems completely impossible, but I see no alternative to attempting to do it.

  4. Is there any update on whether or not the Supreme court decided to here his case?

  5. I didn’t know the story with Ross. Maximum security. Can you imagine the conversation? “What are you in for?” “Making a website.”Don’t mess with me man or I’ll hurcha bad.” Real dangerous.