United States vs the Dark Market Founder

In this rare Molotov SeminarLyn Ulbricht, mother of Ross Ulbricht, life-sentenced founder of dark web market Silk Road, will share the untold half of the story of her son's arrest and trial.

In 2011 Austin physics graduate Ross Ulbricht founded Silk Road, a dark web market that runs on anonymizer networks and bitcoin transactions, where merchants peddled illegal drugs, child porn and murders-for-hire.

In 2013 Ross was ambushed by the FBI in a San Francisco library, charged with money laundering, computer hacking, trafficking narcotics, and procuring murder, and currently faces a double life sentence.

But lingering questions remain. Did the state violate constitutional rights in the arrest and trial? Why were defense witnesses prevented from testifying, and defense cross-examination blocked? Did the state tamper with evidence? How was there a log-in from the Silk Road founder's account after the arrest?

And how can friends and family reconcile Ross' image of an intelligent, thoughtful and charitable idealist with a criminal mastermind? What really was Ross' intention behind Silk Road?

Ross' mother Lyn will share the untold part of the story of her son in this Molotov Seminar.

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Friday, February 23 at 5:00pm

Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM), 4.102
2515 SPEEDWAY , Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Policy & Law, Science & Tech, Diversity & Social Justice


School of Law, All Departments

Target Audience

Students, General Public

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