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:



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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. I think you need to find another country to live in, because in this one (where I’m considered part of the majority of voters as compared to freetards like yourself) we are content with the way things work and don’t care what you think. It’s you who is incredibly fucking stupid, short-bus-boy. run along, now.

  6. 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.

  7. I’ll bet you own yourself repeatedly in your Mom’s basement each day before the short bus comes to pick you up and drive you to that special school you attend.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. LoL … douchebag.

  11. 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.

  12. Where’s your answer, cowardly shithead?

  13. Come to my place if you’re convinced that I live with my parents.

  14. Yes we all know you love sucking government dick and swallowing every drop…that is painfully obvious. Do you get your kids in on it to? You know snowball your children with that salty seamen of the state?

  15. Do you know anything about parallel reconstruction? Ask your dog he probably has a better idea than you.

  16. 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?

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

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

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

  21. Why don’t you cite the appropriate statute, then?

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

  23. If it turns out that the majority of Germans wanted Jews to be killed for being Jews, would you say that the Holocaust was just, asswipe?

  24. No victim, no crime, asshole.

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. It’s a rather sad statement that a pedophile like yourself would project in that way.

  33. Oh, right … the epic struggles of the freetards are on par with slavery and the Holocaust. I keep forgetting that.

  34. No, no … my dog is more educated than you. I’m a little bit smarter than my dog; however, we both agree that you are a low-life pedophile douchebag.

  35. 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.

  36. Oh wow … that was a whole lot of incomprehensible nonsense. You’re a fucking moron.

  37. Or in your case: bad father, big asshole.

  38. 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.

  39. Drac you’re still lost.

    My answer was based on a real life actual and it was YOU that wanted to debate a hypothetical.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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?

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

  45. just?????? You really are a moron. Why do you think the STATES went to war against Germany? because the people were bored?

  46. “you limp-wristed piece-of-shit.”

    I guess that means you won’t be attending Buzz’s Big Gay Dance Party @ PorcFest?


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