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TOPIC: Silk Roads & Dead Pirate Roberts

Silk Roads & Dead Pirate Roberts 31 May 2015 18:06 #7336

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I recently read a article about a darknet website, called Silkroads, and how its founder was arrested, went to trial, and sentence to life in prison. The reason this story is crazy is because this guy "just created" the website and it was for the benefit for the people for using the site as a safe and secure way to buy and sell drugs, weapons, and other things not mentioned.

["Ulbricht took a more personal tack, promising that he had learned that the Silk Road was a “terrible mistake” and a “very naive and costly idea” that he regretted and wouldn’t repeat. He pleaded for a chance at freedom in the decades after his incarceration."

“I’ve had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age,” he wrote. “Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead, and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker.”"]

I forgot to mention that this website was making money, a lot of it. It uses its system of business as an escrow service, for the distribution of drugs and other illegal activity, and took a certain percentage. This letter to the judge expresses his thoughts of remorse on what he did and how it affected the people that used it. Not to mention when this site went off line, all the bitcoin, the currency used, was taken from the website by FBI. Ulbricht, the creator, also know as Dead Pirate Roberts, was sentence to life in prison at the age of thirty. He plead for a sentence less than life, saying " please leave my old age". His speech and action express remorse for what he did and explain that this was a youthful mistake that he did and a stupid idea. But, thats not the interesting part.

In the evidence provides, the FBI, found that, Ulbricht, hired or tried to hire, Hitmen on commission, to murder 6 people that would potentially ruin his lucrative business. With this evidence, his argument falls apart in an instant, and his plea really doesn't mean anything to the judge. After Ulbricht, pleas for a sentence less than life, what the judge replies is what really gave me goosebumps. The judge replied to Ulbricbht plea by denying Silk Roads was a naive experiment of youthful mistake. But replied, “It was a carefully planned life’s work. It was your opus,” she said. “You wanted it to be your legacy. And it is.", and sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison.
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