Silk Road funder Ross Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 for creating and running the darknet market, and has since been in jail, sentenced to a double life sentence plus forty years, without the possibility of parole.
On February 13, Joaquin Guzmán Loera, alias El Chapo Guzmán, was found guilty of 10 counts by a New York courtroom. According to CNN, just his conviction on the main charge entails a mandatory life sentence. However, the final decision of the court about the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel will have to wait until June 25. El Chapo rose to power as he climbed to the top of the ladders of the Mexican networks of illegal substances distribution to the U.S., building up an illegal empire only comparable to those of Pablo Escobar or Al Capone. Later he came to the world’s attention after escaping from jail through a 1.5 km long tunnel.
Regardless of the lengthy wait still pending for the sentence to arrive, one of the most popular posts on r/Bitcoin this week, shows the following list of Silk Road related convictions under a headline arguing that El Chapo will probably get less jail time than Ulbircht. It should be noted, however, how uneven the sentences were taking into account the lack of direct involvement with illegal substances on Ulbricht´s count:
Redditors took upon the chance to express their criticism for certain traits of the U.S. judiciary system:
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