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Petition Calls for US to Give Slice of Minnesota to Canada

January 6, 2019 |

A petition on the White House website calls for the government to make America great again by giving part of the country to Canada. The petition urges the government to correct a centuries-old geographic error by giving Canada a part of Minnesota known as the Northwest Angle, the CBC reports….
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Petition: Spongebob Must Sing at Halftime

December 2, 2018 |

Spongebob Squarepants ‘ creator may be gone, but he’s far from forgotten. A fan’s petition has garnered nearly 300,000 signatures as of this writing asking the NFL to have “Sweet Victory” performed at the next halftime show, Fox News reports. Spongebob performed the ’80s-style power ballad at the fictional…
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Petition to Free Ross Ulbricht Gathers 100,000 Signatures

November 26, 2018 |

Petition to Free Ross Ulbricht Gathers 100,000 Signatures

Over the last few months, a petition aimed at freeing Ross Ulbricht from prison has garnered 100,000 signatures. The request addressed to U.S. president Donald Trump and hosted on Change.org explains that Ulbricht deserves clemency because his investigation, trial, and sentencing were rife with abuse.

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After Reaching the Milestone, Ulbricht Petition Now Aims for 150,000 Signatures

Ross Ulbricht is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years for his involvement with the creation of the Silk Road marketplace. Ulbricht has spent the last five years in prison after U.S. law enforcement arrested him on Oct. 1, 2013, at the San Francisco Public Library. Since then, Ulbricht and his family have tried to appeal the judgment with the supreme court system and a post-conviction relief extension, which were both denied. After dealing with the courts last July, the Ulbricht family started a petition on Change.org asking Donald Trump to pardon Ulbricht and allow him to be released from prison. Four months later, Ulbricht’s clemency petition has reached 103,980 signatures and climbing.

Petition to Free Ross Ulbricht Gathers 100,000 Signatures

Ulbricht’s petition emphasizes many points that explain how the Silk Road investigation and trial showed rampant corruption. For instance, many people to this day question how the government accessed the Silk Road server and seemingly produced warrantless seizures across internet traffic. Then two rogue officers involved with the Silk Road case were caught stealing bitcoins from the government and blatantly covering up evidence. The judge and prosecution also denied Ulbricht’s right to cross-examination and witnesses were barred from testifying. In addition to these issues, further evidence emerged showing many flaws throughout the Silk Road investigation and trial.

Hope for a Second Chance

The appeal to Trump details that the double life sentence for non-violent crimes sends a “shock to the conscience.” “Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian —  Justice was not served,” the petition notes.

The letter to Trump says that the undersigned seek mercy for Ulbricht and mentions that he has also garnered 100 letters from individuals all around the world speaking on behalf of his character. Ross’s mother Lyn Ulbricht has told news.Bitcoin.com many times in the past that her son’s case affects everyone living in the U.S. “Without fair trials, we are in big trouble — Fair trial is the framework of our freedom,” explained Lyn in an in-depth interview after her son was sentenced to life in prison.

Petition to Free Ross Ulbricht Gathers 100,000 Signatures
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The corruption throughout the entire Silk Road case has gathered a lot of attention and support from people who believe Ulbricht’s arrest and sentence was unjust. Further, there are many trials that have given the American people reason to believe the justice system is broken. However, the Ulbricht family’s petition to the president says Ross still clings to hope of getting a second chance. “A future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge, and skills to give to his community and society as a whole — Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home,” the appeal concludes.

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48K Sign Petition Urging Maroon 5 to Turn Down Super Bowl

November 20, 2018 |

Thousands of people are not on board with Maroon 5 headlining the Super Bowl halftime show . At least 48,541 people, to be exact. That’s how many people, as of this writing, had signed a Change.org petition asking the band to drop out of the performance. But no, not…
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300K Sign Petition Supporting Bus Driver Who Slapped Boy

September 20, 2018 |

A French bus driver who slapped a 12-year-old boy who ran out into the road faces disciplinary action—but more than 300,000 people so far have signed a petition supporting the driver. (See the petition here ; link is in French.) After the driver was forced to brake hard…
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Trump Petition Demands ESPN Televise Anthem

August 23, 2018 |

With legal troubles swirling, President Trump—and his fundraising committee—have found a fresh target: ESPN. Trump has started a petition calling for the network to televise the national anthem before Monday Night Football this season, USA Today reports. “Just after we heard a sitting governor trash America, ESPN has…
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Change.org Petition Attempts to Fight for Ross Ulbricht’s Freedom

July 17, 2018 |

Change.org Petition to Fight for Ross Ulbricht's Freedom and Justice

After being denied a post-conviction relief extension in February 2018, Ross Ulbricht’s family and legal team filed a Petition of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court based on constitutional violations in the investigation and at sentencing. The petition was supported by 21 organizations, however, the Court denied Ulbricht’s petition on June 28. The fight to free Ross Ulbricht, 33, is now reinforced with a new petition created on Change.org, 3 days ago by FreeRoss.org. There are currently 6,242+ signatures and the petition aims at reaching 7,500.

Also read: Ross Ulbricht Continues to Fight for Freedom With Supreme Court Petition

“It’s Not the End,” Mother Cried at Her Son When Taken Back to Prison Cell

“It’s not the end.” Lyn Ulbricht had cried at her son in the courtroom when a marshal set his hand on his back to signal it was time to return to the cell after hearing the sentence. That was in Manhattan’s U.S. district court in May 2015. That day, Lyn had declared she would never turn away from her son, whom she considers innocent. The fight to seek justice for their son is not over for this family.

“My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross, an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur, had all non-violent charges and no criminal history.” The petition says.

“A Sentence That Shocks the Conscience.”

Change.org Petition to Fight for Ross Ulbricht's Freedom and JusticeUlbricht was accused of being the creator of Silk Road, the infamous international dark site and drug bazaar created in 2011, under the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts,” aka “DPR” and was arrested in 2013.

The physics graduate and alleged mastermind behind Silk Road, described in the petition as “an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale,” was convicted in February 2015 after a four-week trial on all seven counts, from drug trafficking and money laundering to maintaining an “ongoing criminal enterprise.” All to be served concurrently with no chance of parole. A sentence usually reserved to drug kingpins.

Judge Katherine Forrest said she would give Ross “the severest sentence possible.” Restrained by law from issuing the death penalty, she gave him a walking death sentence instead. “Ross’s appeal points out grotesque disparity between Ross’s life sentence—which is unheard of for a young man with no criminal history and all non-violent charges, and the sentences of other Silk Road defendants.” FreeRoss.org writes.

Change.org Petition to Fight for Ross Ulbricht's Freedom and JusticeUlbricht’s new legal team, Williams & Connolly, also argue that there have been discrepancies in the investigation, namely with the participation of two rogue agents leading the federal investigation into Silk Road.

“Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people.” The petition says.

Ulbricht has been relocated from New York to a maximum-security penitentiary called USP Florence. The family says this prison is meant for some of the country’s most violent offenders and they don’t understand why Ross is being kept there for his life sentence.

Do you think the sentence faced by Ross Ulbricht was fair and do you think the Change.org petition will be heard? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Indian Supreme Court Heard Crypto Petition but Upholds RBI Ban – Effective in 2 Days

July 3, 2018 |

Indian Supreme Court Heard Crypto Petition but Upholds RBI Ban - Effective in 2 Days

The Indian Supreme Court heard one petition against the crypto banking ban by the country’s central bank today. However, the court did not grant a stay and the ban is set to proceed as planned, prompting crypto exchanges in the country to start implementing their solutions for banking alternatives.

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No Stay Granted by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India heard one petition against the crypto banking ban imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday, July 3. This petition is by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) whose members include major crypto exchanges in the country such as Unocoin, Zebpay, and Wazirx.

Indian Supreme Court Heard Crypto Petition but Upholds RBI Ban - Effective in 2 DaysThe central bank issued a circular on April 6, banning all financial institutions under its control from servicing cryptocurrency companies. The ban is set to take effect on July 5. A number of industry participants have petitioned against the ban. Other than the petition by IAMAI, there are four other petitions which the Supreme Court will hear on July 20.

Wazirx’s founder and CEO, Nischal Shetty, shared with news.Bitcoin.com after Tuesday’s hearing that the Supreme Court did not grant a stay on RBI’s crypto banking ban. The IAMAI petition will now be heard along with the rest of the petitions on July 20. “All eyes are on the 20th now,” he emphasized, elaborating:

The IAMAI had [also] submitted a representation to the RBI which was a detailed document explaining blockchain, cryptos and how they function. The RBI has said it will respond to that within 7 days….The representation was made with the belief that if the RBI gets a deep understanding of blockchain and crypto then they may go easy on the ban and think about regulations.

RBI’s Ban Effective July 5 – What Will Banks Do?

Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, industry participants were hopeful that the court may grant a stay on the RBI ban. Nonetheless, major crypto exchanges in the country have been trying to find banking alternatives.

Indian Supreme Court Heard Crypto Petition but Upholds RBI Ban - Effective in 2 DaysWazirx is preparing to launch a P2P crypto transfer service to allow its customers to buy and sell crypto through its escrow service, bypassing the RBI ban. Shetty told news.Bitcoin.com that the new service will launch when banks stop providing services to crypto exchanges. He detailed:

If banks stop providing services after July 6th then we’ll need to launch P2P. All eyes are on banks now to see what they will do. Do they wait for the July 20th hearing or do they go ahead and implement the ban on transactions from July 6th onwards?

Crypto exchange Koinex is also preparing to launch their own P2P network called Loop. The exchange has already launched a crypto-to-crypto trading platform, as did Unocoin and Zebpay.

Unocoin’s CEO and co-founder, Sathvik Vishwanath, also told news.Bitcoin.com last week that his exchange is working on banking alternatives. “Due to the RBI’s recent notification on ‘Prohibition on Dealing in Virtual Currencies’, our banking relationships are likely to be disrupted on or before July 5th, 2018. We are in the process of deploying new mechanisms for INR deposits and withdrawals,” his exchange announced.

What do you think of the Supreme Court’s decision today? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Petition Demands Cancellation of School Mass Shooter Game

May 30, 2018 |

More than 120,000 people so far have signed a petition calling for a game that simulates a mass shooting inside a school to be pulled from release. Active Shooter allows players to play as either the shooter or a SWAT responder and is due out June 6 on digital…
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Ross Ulbricht Continues to Fight for Freedom With Supreme Court Petition

May 22, 2018 |

Ross Ulbricht Continues to Fight for Freedom With Supreme Court Petition

Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on Ross Ulbricht being denied a post-conviction relief extension this past February. Since then Ulbricht’s new legal team and his family continue to fight for Ross’s freedom with a filed a Petition of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.

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The Fight to Free Ross Ulbricht Continues With a Petition of Certiorari

Ross William Ulbricht is a 33-year old American who was convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and computer hacking crimes tied to the Silk Road website created in 2011. Ulbricht was accused of being the creator of the Silk Road under the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts,” and was arrested in 2013. In 2015 Ulbricht was convicted of the aforementioned charges and sentenced to life in prison. The family has been fighting for their son’s freedom for years due to the fact that there were many investigation discrepancies, and government agents who were caught red-handed manipulating the case. However, last year the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the decision to keep Ulbricht in jail for life.

Then this year Ulbricht’s new legal team, Williams & Connolly, tried to extend a fixed three year period with a motion called “Rule 33.” Although, the extension was not granted, and Judge Forrest denied the motion to extend the time for a Rule 33. The latest Petition of Certiorari with the Supreme Court argues two very important questions tethered to Ulbricht’s case.

  • Whether the warrantless seizure of an individual’s Internet traffic information without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment.
  • Whether the Sixth Amendment is violated when a judge uses uncharged allegations, never brought to trial before a jury, to support an excessive sentence.          
Ross Ulbricht Continues to Fight for Freedom With Supreme Court Petition
Ulbricht’s Petition of Certiorari can be read here.

Another Fourth Amendment Case May Determine the Fate of Ulbricht’s Latest Petition

Ross Ulbricht Continues to Fight for Freedom With Supreme Court Petition
USP Florence Maximum Security Prison – September 2017

Additionally, the team at Freeross.org explain that twenty-one organizations have supported the petition and it was distributed for conference on April 13. Out of all the cases, that day 200 were denied except for Ulbricht’s case and another called Carpenter v. U.S. Ulbricht’s legal team believes the outcome of the Fourth Amendment Carpenter case will affect Ross’s petition conference. Freeross.org explains that the legal team may find out how the court’s rule by June 2018.

Alongside this news, Ulbricht has been relocated from New York to a maximum-security penitentiary called USP Florence. The family says this prison is meant for some of the country’s most violent offenders and they don’t understand why Ross is being kept there for his life sentence. 

“Despite the horrors of his environment, Ross remains optimistic and strong, characteristically making the best of it,” explains Ross’s mother Lyn Ulbricht.  

He has immersed himself in his case, spending a lot of time in the law library, and otherwise focusing on staying healthy mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

What do you think about Ulbricht’s latest attempt for freedom by filing a Petition of Certiorari with the Supreme Court? Let us know what you think about this case in the comments below. 


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