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Federal Court docket Dismisses Lawsuit From Silk Highway Founder, Bitcoin Pioneer Ross Ulbricht

12/20/2021

A federal courtroom has dismissed a non secular rights lawsuit filed by Silk Highway founder Ross Ulbricht, who’s in search of nearer communication along with his household.

A federal courtroom in Arizona has dismissed a non secular rights lawsuit filed in Could by convicted Silk Highway founder Ross Ulbricht in opposition to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, in keeping with an order signed by U.S. District Choose David Bury on December 13.

Ulbricht, 37, claimed by an legal professional that jail officers at USP Tucson had been burdening his proper to train his faith by barring him from utilizing a jail e mail system to speak along with his father.

The swimsuit claimed Ulbricht held a honest perception that he was “obliged to honor his father and mom,” and that the jail’s Trulincs messaging service was the one approach he might talk along with his father, Kirk, who lives in Matapalo, Costa Rica. Ulbricht’s legal professional claimed officers had been violating the Spiritual Freedom Restoration Act.

“Ulbricht is in a ‘catch 22’ of types,” Ulbricht’s legal professional Brandon Pattern wrote within the preliminary criticism. “Don’t talk along with his father in violation of his sincerely held spiritual beliefs or talk along with his father in violation of the BOP’s [Federal Bureau of Prisons’] guidelines, exposing Ulbricht to penalties and sanctions.”

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), by Assistant U.S. Legal professional Michael Linton, claimed that Ulbricht’s swimsuit failed to obviously hash out a declare for which aid could possibly be granted, that the BOP’s actions didn’t hinder his spiritual beliefs and that he didn’t exhaust administrative treatments earlier than going to courtroom.

“All actions of Defendant with respect to Plaintiff are in furtherance of a compelling governmental curiosity and are applied by the least restrictive means,” Linton wrote.

Each Linton and Pattern moved the courtroom to drop the swimsuit on December 1, with each events agreeing to pay their very own authorized charges. Pattern didn’t reply to e mail inquiries asking why he abruptly moved to dismiss.

In February 2015, amongst vital controversy, Ulbricht was convicted of quite a few fees for his function within the operations of Silk Highway. In Could 2015, he was sentenced to a double life sentence plus forty years with out the potential for parole — a notably harsh penalty for non-violent crimes.

Silk Highway stays one of the crucial vital and widely-used bitcoin platforms in historical past, permitting customers the liberty to transact worth outdoors of presidency permission. Consequently, Ulbricht and his subsequent sentencing have come to symbolize the dearth of freedom inherent within the government-perpetuated fiat monetary system.

“We didn’t understand how issues would prove for Bitcoin again at first, however through the years, I’ve been regularly impressed with what you’ve completed,” Ulbrich mentioned in a recorded assertion introduced to Bitcoin 2021 convention attendees. “We’ve introduced a style of freedom and equality to far corners of the world. I do know we will remodel felony justice, too.”

A consultant for Ulbricht, in addition to his lawyer, didn’t return requests for remark.

It is a visitor submit by Ethan Biando. Opinions expressed are completely their very own and don’t essentially mirror these of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Journal.