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Ross Ulbricht Supporters Crowdsource Legal Defense Fund
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy indiegogo | July 3, 2014
Supporters of the Dread Pirate Roberts have raised $4k already.
Taking a page from the Ryan Chamberlain playbook, friends and supporters of the man in jail accused of running the Dark Web emporium Silk Road took to Indiegogo this week to raise money for his legal defense fund. As of today, they've hit over $4,000 in contributions.
On their fundraising page, the supporters write that they "believe the outcome of Ross Ulbricht's case is tremendously important for the future of Internet freedom, user privacy and cryptocurrency regulation" and that he is innocent of charges of a murder-for-hire scheme. Supporters are offering donors rewards that include a 3D printer and online security hardware. As the Examiner notes, previous campaigns have raised over a hundred thousand dollars already for Ulbricht's legal expenses.
We spoke to Ulbricht at a San Francisco jail cell soon after his arrest at the Glen Park library, where he said he had been kept isolated from the internet and passed his time exchanging letters with his friends and family, and reading the Master and Commander book series. Ulbricht was subsequently moved to New York City to stand trial, where he pled not guilty to all the charges against him.
The fund is also accepting donations in the form of Bitcoins.