The family of accused Silk Road kingpin Ross Ulbricht, star of this week's SF Weekly cover story, has launched a fund to crowd-source their son's legal defense.
|The alleged drug kingpin.|
"Our goal is to provide Ross with what every American citizen is promised: a fair trial," family members say on the website, which includes testimonials from old friends, relatives, people who knew Ulbricht as a bright-eyed Eagle Scout, surfer, and croquet player, and a childhood pal who says he "should have been an astronaut."
Ulbricht was arrested about 7 weeks ago in the science fiction section of the Glen Park library, in what has turned out to be one of the most dramatic crime busts in San Francisco history. He is accused of narcotics trafficking, money laundering, computer hacking, and orchestrating a murder plot, all via a massive online black market that he allegedly created on the "deep web." Using a variety of intricate encryption systems and trading exclusively in the digital currency Bitcoin, Ulbricht managed to elude federal agents for two years, according to the criminal complaint.
"In the USA we are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We firmly believe in Ross's innocence and are working hard with the best legal team to prove it."More »