Internet freedom and privacy are at stake…
The outcome of this case will impact your life.

The Case

On October 1, 2013 federal agents arrested Ross Ulbricht and charged him with creating and operating the web marketplace Silk Road, under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR). The allegations include a variety of conspiracies, including narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering, as well as planned acts of violence.

Why this matters to You

We believe Ross Ulbricht is innocent. However, this case is about much more than an individual.   Ross is just the man at the tip of the spear, with much larger issues at play. This is an historic, significant case and its outcome will impact all our lives. It will establish precedent and be a proving ground for such issues as:
  • Internet privacy, both personal and financial
  • Internet autonomy
  • Government interference and over reach, both on and offline
  • Government control of commerce, finance and monetary policy.
According to Ross’ attorney Joshua L. Dratel: “It is traditional for the government to exploit high profile cases and sensational charges to make bad law.”  If this is allowed to happen, bad law will be ushered in and we will all be living with it.
The outcome of this case will impact your future, your right to privacy and your freedom.

Our Goal

Our goal is to see individual freedom and privacy protected and to provide Ross with what every American citizen is promised: a fair trial.  We are working hard with the best legal team to defend him, but are up against the full force of the federal government. We are not the family of a wealthy kingpin.  We own no bitcoins.  Rather, we are regular people taking on a giant fight. It will take much more money than we have.
We can’t do this alone. Any gift of any amount will help. Please join us.
Ross is at the beginning of a long and difficult process. The government has a head start in many respects, and has committed abundant resources to what is a high-profile case. We must match that commitment in order to prepare the defense Ross deserves. There are many novel and important issues in this case that may serve as a precedent. It is likely to have a wide impact, and requires many resources. – Joshua L. Dratel, P.C., Ross Ulbricht’s attorney