Donald Trump Pressed To Commute Ross Ulbricht's Sentence

Tyler MacDonald

Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich recently took to Twitter to press Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the darknet marketplace Silk Road, who is currently serving time for charges that include money laundering, drug trafficking, and cyber-related crimes. As The Inquisitr reported, Ulbricht was previously facing controversial murder-for-hire charges before they were dropped last year.

"Will @realDonaldTrump have the vision to commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht," the social media personality tweeted Saturday.

Per Bitcoin.com, a petition for Ulbricht's clemency has over 200,000 signatures to date. Ulbricht's charges reportedly stem from crimes that took place on the Silk Road marketplace, and his supporters believe his sentences are unduly extreme.

Ulbricht's trial also raised many questions about privacy rights, AMBCrypto reported. His mother, Lynn, suggested that her son's 4th Amendment rights were violated to bring the charges against him.

"I think the government should be required to have a warrant to delve into our internet activity. Even the Supreme Court did not address this, leaving all of us vulnerable to secret government surveillance of what we do on the internet."

"I don't think you can have a fair trial if all the evidence, especially exculpatory evidence, is not made known to the jury," Ulbricht's mother said.

Others suggest that Ulbricht's sentence is too harsh for a non-violent offender and believe the case is an example of why such offenders should be treated differently than violent offenders.

As for Cernovich, he was previously critical of Trump's denouncing of Bitcoin — which was used for Silk Road transactions — and called it a "major mistake" that showed a "lack of vision."

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