NH Activists Rain on Ross Ulbricht Prosecutors’ Parade

Derrick J and Michele Seven rally to Free Ross!

Derrick J and Michele Seven rally to Free Ross!

Today was jury selection day at the very-important trial of Ross Ulbricht in New York City. Free Keene bloggers were out front of the federal district court in Manhattan, trying to get the word out about the insane penalty that Ross Ulbricht is facing if he’s found guilty at trial. Ross is accused of running the Silk Road underground marketplace and is facing decades in prison for it. Ross’ mother, Lyn has stood by her son and even joined the Free State Project. She has said that Ross will come to Porcfest in 2015 if he is not imprisoned!

However, getting him out of the cage he’s been in for 15 months awaiting trial is no easy task. The prosecutors are well funded and working within a system where they are on the same side as the judge. In the insane, inhumane US court system, jurors are generally precluded from knowing the penalty faced by the accused, as it may make them more likely to nullify a bad law if they feel the penalty is too severe.

Ademo Freeman from Copblock.org holds a sign in front of the Manhattan Federal District Court

Ademo Freeman from Copblock.org holds a sign in front of the Manhattan Federal District Court

In a previous motion, the prosecution asked the judge to prevent Ulbricht from testifying about his liberty-oriented beliefs and they specifically mentioned wanting to prevent the jury from any possibility of jury nullification.

They are deathly afraid of jurors knowing about nullification. Indeed, according to Derrick J, potential jurors are being asked if they saw any signs outside the court. If so, the prosecution is dismissing them.

Several signs came from a heroic effort by Derrick J to help Free Ross that included liberty activists cranking out signage to bring for Ulbricht supporters, including:

“30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR AN HONEST WEBSITE?”

“WEB HOSTING IS NOT A CRIME. WTF?”

Jay Freeville, middle, shows his support for the freedom to buy and sell.

Jay Freeville, right, shows his support for the freedom to buy and sell.

NH liberty activists have been doing jury rights outreach for years and defendants at trial in New Hampshire have been able to raise jury nullification as a defense, but this is federal court. No cell phones are allowed in. No cameras. Not even for the media. Just pencil and paper.

Guardian reporter Nicky Woolf, who came to Keene this fall and interviewed people, including me, about the police response to the Pumpkinfest Riots, took notice of the sign-holding this morning and interviewed Derrick J for his piece on the Ulbricht Trial from today.

Tune in to Free Talk Live tonight at 7pm Eastern for the latest on the case and follow along with live blog updates from the trial at The Liberty Beat and also #silkroadtrial on Twitter.

Here’s the first video from Derrick J and Ademo that shows the scene, including activists from Philly performing jury nullification outreach.

Continue reading below for another pic and the text of the Guardian piece:

Protesters gathered at a Manhattan court building on Tuesday in support of Ross Ulbricht, whose trial for being the accused mastermind behind what was once the internet’s biggest illegal drugs marketplace was beginning at a federal court inside.

Federal prosecutors accuse Ulbricht, who allegedly went by the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts”, of being the owner and manager of the deep-web marketplace Silk Road. He was arrested in a library in San Francisco in October 2013, and charged with drug trafficking, criminal enterprise, aiding and abetting distribution of drugs over the internet, computer hacking and money laundering.

According to the indictment, Ulbricht himself reaped “tens of millions of dollars” in commissions.

He is also charged with involvement in conspiracy to commission six “hits”, including against a former Silk Road employee, using bitcoin to pay the purported assassins. No killings were actually carried out.

In court, Ulbricht, clean-shaven and dressed smartly in a dark blazer and beige slacks, sat confidently beside his legal team. Occasionally he turned to flash a smile at his mother, Lyn, who was in the public gallery.

Ulbricht has consistently claimed that he was not Dread Pirate Roberts, and denies all the charges against him.

Outside the courtroom, protesters had gathered in support of Ulbricht.

Derrick J Freeman, who had come from Keene, New Hampshire, to demonstrate outside the court, told the Guardian he thought it would set a dangerous precedent if a website can be prosecuted for what its users do. “If so, drag Craigslist off to prison,” he said.

In its heyday, Silk Road was a sprawling marketplace where people used bitcoin to purchase a galaxy of different stimulants, hallucinogenics, opiates and prescription drugs.

In July 2013 it was estimated that transactions on Silk Road could be upwards of $30m-45m per year, and the indictment states that the site had “well over a hundred thousand buyers worldwide”.

It operated on the Tor network, a web anonymising service originally developed by the US naval research center and partly funded by Darpa as a way of protecting government communication.

For Freeman, if Ulbricht is actually Dread Pirate Roberts, he is a pioneer of the deep web, and a hero. “He brought the black market online,” he said. “There’s no fear of drive-by shootings, or back-alley stabbings.”

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155 comments
jaramas
jaramas

Bunch of nuts on this site..

jaramas
jaramas

Morons, the silk road was nothing but a front for drug trafficking. By the way, I'm guessing you have a day off from work, Lol, I know I'm supporting you aren't I.

richard scalzo
richard scalzo

NY City where every 210 feet has someone protesting something. No one even notices them anymore.

Ian Freeman
Ian Freeman

Uh, yeah they have been allowed. I've seen it done in multiple trials. Maybe that will change since that supreme court case, maybe not. Guess we'll see.

Sammy
Sammy

Seen what done? No one in the State of NH has ever been found not guilty because of jury nullification. Now with the NH Supreme Court stating there is no such thing as jury nullification, the point is moot. Once again, you freetard douchebags get pwned.

NumberOneDime
NumberOneDime

And just because the Supreme Court gutted the law in no way means that a jury cannot still use jury nullification, it simply means that the judge will no longer be obligated to inform the jury of their right to nullify. Or at least that is my understanding.

state hater
state hater

Authoritarian scum like you are getting pwned left and right, from little things like irreparably brainwashed people of the older generations dying of natural causes every single day (and being replaced by newborns who will grow up to be voluntaryists), to big things, like coproaches being forced to drastically cut back on victimizing people in NYC after two of them were shot and killed.

justintempler
justintempler

The jurors have always had the right to nullify so now that the judge is no longer obligated you are right back where you started. The problem is jurors are ignorant of the law and if you want to change/fix the situation then it's up to you activists to educate people BEFORE they ever get picked to serve on a jury.

Sammy
Sammy

It also means the judge can set aside a jury's verdict and issue a directed verdict if he/she feels they are attempting to employ nullification. Game, set, match. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 ... STFU.

Sammy
Sammy

Is it true you dress up in a police uniform and pay people to spank and tell you what a naughty policeman you've been? You're just another Internet Warrior ... all talk, no action, no brains, no life. What a joke.

state hater
state hater

I've defended myself in real life many times, unlike you, slavetard pussy.

Sammy
Sammy

Right, right ... of course you have. Slapping someone on the hand and then prancing away is not considered "defending" one's self, tinkerbell.

state hater
state hater

Maybe we can discuss it somewhere in Keene.

Sammy
Sammy

"The prosecutors are well funded and working within a system where they are on the same side as the judge." Bernard ... STFU. You're a complete moron.

state hater
state hater

Shit-for-brains, we stand for the right to say whatever we want.

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

My my my, not very libertard of you, making gay jokes? You're definitely 15 years old.

state hater
state hater

You're the pathetic piece of shit who's proud to publicly proclaim that you're owned by others.

Sammy
Sammy

Does your Mom know what you do down in the basement all night? What time does the short bus pick you up in the morning to take you to the special school you attend?

state hater
state hater

My parents must own a really large house for me to be in their basement from one thousand miles away, retard. Go ahead and continue bragging about how you're proud that you're owned by others, you limp-wristed piece-of-shit.

justintempler
justintempler

"you limp-wristed piece-of-shit." I guess that means you won't be attending Buzz's Big Gay Dance Party @ PorcFest?

justintempler
justintempler

How can a website that deals in fake IDs be called honest? Don't tell me liberty activists are defending fraud now.

MaineShark
MaineShark

Why don't you cite the appropriate statute, then?

Jeff Schreiber
Jeff Schreiber

Hi Derrick: was it possible for terrorists to traffic in drugs and firearms across borders on the Silk Road site?

justintempler
justintempler

Drac you say you have no interest in debating me and then you contradict yourself by repeatedly hitting the reply button and debating me. You do know that makes you look like an idiot right?

Sammy
Sammy

That's not how our system works, freetard. Like I've stated before: find another country to live in.

state hater
state hater

That's because you don't like getting trounced. If you don't have the right to steal, then how can you give someone the right to steal on your behalf?

Sammy
Sammy

Oh wow ... that was a whole lot of incomprehensible nonsense. You're a fucking moron.

state hater
state hater

You're trying to reason with a mentally retarded individual.

MaineShark
MaineShark

So, actors are all engaging in fraud, in your world? I saw an actor claim to be the President!

justintempler
justintempler

OK you answered my question you're an idiot.

justintempler
justintempler

Drac you're still lost. My answer was based on a real life actual and it was YOU that wanted to debate a hypothetical.

state hater
state hater

How many times per week do you perform fellatio on politicians?

state hater
state hater

I don't care what the evil shitheads whom you worship say. They don't own me, and I don't take orders from them, fucker.

Derrick J. Freeman
Derrick J. Freeman

The Silk Road is honest in the sense that vendors advertise what they are selling and the customer receives what he expects. There's no fraud alleged on behalf of the site itself.

Sammy
Sammy

Yeah, and we're getting really tired of responding to you.

Sammy
Sammy

Right, right ... whatever. You just keep thinking that, little freetard, if it makes you feel better.

state hater
state hater

How many photos of democide do you jack off to?

state hater
state hater

Can you delegate to others a right that you don't have?

state hater
state hater

What gives the government the right to enforce a monopoly on the sale of IDs?

justintempler
justintempler

Derrick you've done a good job of not answering my question. The owners/administrators of the website knowingly dealt in selling fake IDs which is fraud. Fraud is not something that liberty activists can defend which is why I assume you avoided answering my question.

Sammy
Sammy

Fucking loser. Fake ID's are illegal. I know that means nothing to an incredible shitbag douche like yourself, but there it is.

Steve Newell
Steve Newell

like derrick pointed out before, you're wrong. the silk road was a website used by 3rd parties to make private sales. people sell illegal things on facebook. should facebook be liable?

sovreigncitizen
sovreigncitizen

Craigslist is rampant with prostitution and stolen goods,

MaineShark
MaineShark

Actually, a fake ID is no more fraudulent, in and of itself, than a Halloween mask. It could be used for fraudulent purposes, of course, but could also be used for neutral or beneficial purposes.

justintempler
justintempler

My question had nothing to do with 3rd parties Steve. The owners/administrators are the ones that were caught dealing in fake IDs. Try again.

justintempler
justintempler

I don't know what universe you live in. Forged government documents are most definitely fraudulent. If you're saying engaging in fraud can be used for beneficial purposes you just gave police officers all the justification they need for sting operations and operations that liberty activist would consider as entrapment.

justintempler
justintempler

Anarchists keep telling us how their mythical society will work with ratings agencies serving as a clearing house to establish people's reputation so other people know whether or not people can be trusted to honor their contracts and to hold them accountable. What you're telling me is that all any criminal in your mythical society has to do if he isn't happy with the reputation he receives from the rating agency is go out and get a new fake ID because it's no different than getting a Halloween mask.

Just M.
Just M.

How is dealing in fake ID's "fraudulent"? If the buyer and seller both know what is being traded, then there was zero fraud.

justintempler
justintempler

fake 1. prepare or make (something specious, deceptive, or fraudulent): to fake a report showing nonexistent profits.

Just M.
Just M.

Right, fake ID's can be used to defraud, but buying and selling them is not fraud. No fraud takes place between the buyer and seller of the fake ID. I can have a photo ID of myself with Elvis Presley's photograph on it. To buy, sell, or own it is not fraud. Passing the ID to someone to verify yourself as being Elvis Presley would be fraudulent. Buying it or selling it, again, not fraud. What you're saying is akin to saying something illogical, like "guns kill people, so people who own guns are guilty of murder." It's stupid, and completely untrue. "People use fake ID's for fraudulent purposes, so owners of fake ID's are guilty of fraud." Zero logic.

state hater
state hater

You're bitching about someone encroaching on a government monopoly.

state hater
state hater

The real fraud is the government passing itself off as the only entity that's entitled to issue IDs.

state hater
state hater

The free market has provided, and will continue to provide, ways to unambiguously identify individuals, dumbass.

justintempler
justintempler

Fake ID's are fraudulent by their very definition /head desk "I can have a photo ID of myself with Elvis Presley's photograph on it" A photo ID of yourself with someone else's photo on it? Are you an idiot or a comedian?

justintempler
justintempler

Before you troll, you 1st need to learn not to say something stupid that proves to everyone that you're a complete moron. Government is NOT the only entity that is entitled to issue IDs. Your supermarket, your health club, your school, your bank, the company you work for, etc etc.... are all entitled to issue IDs There is no monopoly on issuing IDs.

justintempler
justintempler

Hey dumbass the next time you get pulled over for speeding try using your company ID card and see how that works out for you.

justintempler
justintempler

Moronic question since they don't have a monopoly on the sale of IDs. Try again.

Just M.
Just M.

I can have a fake ID with my name and Elvis's face, or vice-versa, or Elvis's face and name, or some other name and face, and there's nothing fraudulent about that unless I go to use it and represent myself as someone I'm not.

Sammy
Sammy

... which they are constantly vigilant against and remove those posts as they find them - huge difference.

state hater
state hater

Moron, merely possessing a fake ID does not constitute fraud, just as merely possessing a gun does not constitute murder.

state hater
state hater

The state does have a monopoly on issuing IDs, dumbfuck. When are you going to man up and explain how merely possessing a fake ID harms anyone.

state hater
state hater

So now you're admitting that the state has a monopoly in the area of IDs, in that for some situations, you're forced to used a government ID.

state hater
state hater

When a fake ID changes hands, who is the victim? When a gun changes hands, who is the victim?

state hater
state hater

Do you sincerely think that merely having a fake ID on your person is creating a victim?

state hater
state hater

Who is the victim when a 20 year old uses a fake ID to get into a bar?

justintempler
justintempler

The bar owner that loses his liquor license because your drunk 20 year got into a fight and the police found out he was underage, that's who. I've seen it happen. I'm done responding to your moronic questions & insults, you'll have to find someone else to troll.

Sammy
Sammy

Producing and/or possession of forged government documents is a crime, buddy. I know that might be a bit over your head, but go look it up and see for yourself. As an added bonus try not to move your lips when you're reading all of it, unless of course you need to sound out the big words.

Sammy
Sammy

Not true. If it is a forged government document (driver's license, passport, etc.) just the mere possession of it is illegal in and of itself. Your argument is like stating I can possess heroin, but only when I decide to shoot it up is it illegal. More idiotic freetard nonsense.

Sammy
Sammy

LoL ... douchebag.

state hater
state hater

Where's your answer, cowardly shithead?

TaxCattleShephard
TaxCattleShephard

You should write your congressmen and tell them to arrest the craigslist creators and operators. Murder, prostitution, drug dealing, and the sell of stolen goods regularly occurs on this site yet for some reason they are not in jail.... Sure they may try to remove them but it still happens so why not punish them for it?

TaxCattleShephard
TaxCattleShephard

It only takes missing one so shouldn't they be held liable as an accessory? How about HSBC and all the drug lord account they still hold hmmm? I can go on facebook right now and get a hooker how come they are not in jail?

TaxCattleShephard
TaxCattleShephard

Identify theft I have a problem with. A Fake ID who cares. Tell me how a fake ID is going to harm you Sammy and your college educated dog?

TaxCattleShephard
TaxCattleShephard

List our what they are charging him with you might be amazed of what is not on the list.

state hater
state hater

What right does the ruling class have to intervene in voluntary, peaceful commerce?

Drac Vermell
Drac Vermell

You didn't answer state hater's question Justin. You were asked "who is the victim?". In your narrative, the bar owner peacefully sells a beverage to a 20-year old. That 20-year old gets into a fight. But, instead of one crime, there's now two crimes. First, there's the actual crime - where a 20-year old targets his victim in an unprovoked attack; next, there's the state-manufactured crime - where the state has declared that only people of a certain age may drink. As you like to say, Justin, there are two sides to every story. You're argument (of course) is based upon the hypotheticals instead of the actuals. When someone attacks another (unprovoked) there's an actual victim of violence. However, when someone sells another a beer (or anything else) there is no violence. It's consensual. Both of these conditions satisfy the actuals, but the first is a crime. Now for the hypotheticals. You argue that the state must intervene. Why? Because of that magic word - safety. In this, you argue that age requirements for drinking are for safety purposes. They're needed because of what people might do (the hypothetical) rather than what they have done (the actual). You just keep missing the overhanging point of the libertarian argument - that passing laws to create safety merely turns everyone into potential criminals. Now, not only can a 20-year can be arrested for starting a fight in a bar (1 crime), he can also be arrested for enjoying a beer (2 crimes). But it doesn't end there. Now the bar owner is also culpable for selling beer to the 20-year old (3 crimes). Tell me Justin. How is targeting the innocent somehow the best way to make people safe? In fact, why would a rational person ever even want to target the innocent to promote safety? Not only is this overkill, but it's also very lazy.

justintempler
justintempler

Drac, You got lost. I did answer the question. You just didn't like my answer. My answer is based on real life, something that actually as a direct consequence of someone using a fake ID and I have no desire to chase you down rabbit holes to argue about hypotheticals.

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

Cool, could you just point out where in any federal or state statutes it states that sentiment? Or perhaps in any of the foundational documents upon which our legal system is based? See, you idiots keep saying that bumpersticker bullshit like it means something to people. It doesn't, most certainly not to people who actually matter.

Ian Freeballing
Ian Freeballing

The bar owner and staff, you oxygen thief. They get caught, goodbye liquor license. Justin, you have the patience of a saint. Why even take their questions seriously and engage in a debate? It's not like these are valid statements or premises they're making. No one outside of libertard land contemplates this nonsense or considers it even remotely logical or sane. It's like arguing against someone who claims the world is flat. That and the fact that their reasoning skills and scatological ad hominem attacks tell me they have the intellectual capacity of 15 year olds.

Drac Vermell
Drac Vermell

Justin. While I'm well-aware of the realities of the situation, I still wonder why you (and others) insist upon ranking such hypotheticals over actuals. Your answer to every question always ultimately dwindles down to the same premise - we must do what we're told or else. And if our masters also choose to provide an argument that such laws makes us safer (or prevents fraud in your example), well then that makes the law even more justified. Still, you are correct. I'm not satisfied with those answers. But that's because I prefer reason over force, something I'm sure Aristotle also appreciated.

justintempler
justintempler

I like exposing their ignorance so they don't multiply. I find posters like state hater (that are so over the top you could almost mistake him for a Poe) amusing.

Sammy
Sammy

Or in your case: bad father, big asshole.

justintempler
justintempler

Notice how Drac ignores my argument that describes a real life actual and then proceeds to construct his strawman to argue against. It's possible he's not a moron, it could be simple dishonesty or cognitive dissonance.

Sammy
Sammy

No ... people try to sell illegal things on Facebook, and Facebook shuts them down as they find them. A huge difference.

Sammy
Sammy

No ... you stated it yourself: we're trying to reason with a mentally retarded individual, short-bus-boy. Do they make you wear a helmet when you ride that bus? Do you like licking the windows?

Sammy
Sammy

Oh no ... he's definitely a moron. I mean, c'mon: isn't it obvious?

Drac Vermell
Drac Vermell

Debate? Is that why you're here? I have no interest in debating with you, Justin. That would be a waste of time. And as you elegantly put things, I don't care what you think. I'm just examining your thought processes and trying to learn more from you. So far I've learned that you prefer the hard realities of force over reason. Unfortunately, that's all I've learned. Maybe you're just not a good teacher.

Sammy
Sammy

You first. How many times per week do you bring young boys home to your parent's basement and do gosh-knows-what with/to them?

Drac Vermell
Drac Vermell

I'm just exchanging ideas with you, Justin. Yet you persistently continue with the insults. Civil discussion is just unthinkable to you isn't it? What exactly are you afraid of, Justin? That you might be wrong? Would that be such a disaster?

state hater
state hater

Be a real man and try to enslave other people on your own, without getting your mentally retarded coproach heroes to do it for you.

state hater
state hater

You fucking imbecile, the bar owner would not suffer in the absence of your god, the state. You're so fucking stupid that you're obviously unable to chew gum and walk at the same time.

Sammy
Sammy

Can you create a right that you don't have or refuse to follow a law you don't agree with? Moron.

Sammy
Sammy

There are young boys who troll Facebook as hookers? Lucky for you, right?

TaxCattleShephard
TaxCattleShephard

So should the stock holders and corporate officers of Facebook go to jail? If they miss one the are still an accessory right? I cannot get too upset with you Sammy, your one of those people that if the law was written that you had to clean a dogs balls with your own tongue you would do it with a smile.

MaineShark
MaineShark

Your proof is a document which disproves your claim? There's a whole section in there going on about how it's usually impossible to prosecute producers of fake ID's because it's not illegal to do so. They then go on to describe how states have tried to make the ID's harder to fake, since they can't outlaw it. Your brilliance knows only one bound. Unfortunately, it's an upper bound, and it's quite low.

MaineShark
MaineShark

Yes, in that case, the bar owner was victimized... by the State, not the 20-year-old.

justintempler
justintempler

No, he was victimized by the actions of a 20 year old punk that used his fake ID to lie his way into bar. I don't know how you come to the conclusion the bar owner was victimized by the state, that liquor license is a contract between the bar owner and the state, if the bar owner violates the terms of the contract, he loses his license. The bar owner pays a LOT of money for that liquor license, he knows what the terms of the contract are when he applies to get that liquor license. You do believe in contracts don't you?

state hater
state hater

Of course you can refuse to follow an unjust law, scum sucker.

Sammy
Sammy

Right, right ... whatever. You just keep thinking that, little freetard, if it makes you feel better.

state hater
state hater

Like I said, if you're so adamantly opposed to self-ownership, then try to enslave us yourself, like a real man.

Sammy
Sammy

According to you, you're already enslaved internet tough guy.

Sammy
Sammy

Actually, yeah you do. You have to follow our laws or face the consequences; it's as simple as that. So maybe you and Jeb and some of the other half-wit freetards can run around in the woods and pretend you're some sort of "sovereign" Jeremiah Johnson types who answer to no man, but we all know what the truth really is. That's the most hilarious thing about you freetards: you all talk a good game until reality comes along and punches you right in the fucking mouth; then you're paying fines and/or doing jail time just like anyone else convicted of violating our laws would do. Pwned. Now run along and go play mountain man, little boy.

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