According to The Daily Beast, outgoing U.S. president Donald Trump is considering granting clemency to Ross Ulbricht — the founder and operator of the pioneering darknet market, Silk Road.
According to Cointelegraph, Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 and received two life sentences without parole for non-violent offenses in 2015.
The anonymous sources relied on in the report declared that the White House counsel’s office has been reviewing documents related to Ulbricht’s case, and that the President has been made aware of the situation.
Two sources claim that Trump has privately expressed sympathy for Ulbricht and has considered his name for the next round of pardons.
Speaking to the publication, Ulbricht’s mother Lyn expressed admiration for Trump’s criminal justice reform policies, stating:
“We’re praying and remain hopeful that he will show mercy on Ross, as he has others, and commute his sentence to time served and give my son a second chance at life.”
Trump has a little over a month to grant the pardon, with President-elect Joe Biden being sworn into office on Jan. 20.