Date: 29th November 2015
Originating Author: Will Godfrey
Source: the fix: addiction & recovery, straight up: www.thefix.com
Record numbers of reformers gathered in Washington, DC, recently to explore ways to extend their growing influence far beyond drugs.
“I’m Ross Ulbricht’s father,” said the gray-haired man on the stage. “Ross was arrested two years ago and convicted. He was sentenced to double life in prison a few months back and is now appealing his sentence. I’m here as his advocate.”
His story was unusual in that his 31-year-old son, Ross, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts,” founded Silk Road, the pioneering deep-web, drug-dominated marketplace that was shut down by the FBI in October 2013. Devastating prison sentences, on the other hand, have long been normal in the US.
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