US President Donald Trump has pardoned or commuted punishment for 143 people, the White House press service reported. The founder of the Silk Road marketplace, Ross Ulbricht, was not on the list.
In December, sources in The Daily Beast reported that documents in the Ulbricht case were pending with a White House adviser, and Trump was notified of requests from supporters of the Silk Road founder. Two of them claim that the president unofficially expressed sympathy for Ulbricht. Ulbricht’s mother then said:
“We pray and keep the hope that he will have mercy on Ross as he has pardoned others, shorten his sentence to the time he has already served, and give my son a second chance in life.”
In addition, Trump did not pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. At the same time, Ken Courson, a former member of the Ripple board of directors and co-founder of the Modern Consensus crypto portal, was on the list of pardoned.
Curson was arrested last October on charges of cyberbullying his ex-wife. The pardon notice states:
“In an energetic letter to prosecutors, Courson’s ex-wife wrote in his best interest that she never wanted this investigation or arrest and repeatedly asked the FBI to drop the case.”
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