Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for his part in founding a running the notorious online drug bazaar the Silk Road. Ulbricht and his lawyer argued the website was an “experiment” that was taking a stand on the harsh and often hypocritical U.S. drug laws. The judge did not buy this argument and instead decided to make an example of Ulbricht to deter others from founding similar websites. The judge could have sentenced Ulbricht to as few as 20 years behind bars but instead applied the maximum penalty, life in prison. Mr. Ulbricht’s lawyers are determining whether there will be any type of appeal of the sentence.
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Cite: Dareh Gregorian, New York Daily News, May 29, 2015