Silk Road Founder to be In Jail For Life

The US Supreme Court rejected a motion to review the life sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, founder of Dark Web market Silk Road
29 June 2018   1131

According to the Twitter-channel Free_Ross, the failure to consider the petition creates a precedent for other cases of legal claims from the 'defenders of the right to privacy in the network'. This is reported by CCN.

On January 23, 2018, one of the main experts on the work of the Supreme Court, Tom Goldstein, called the Ulbricht v. United States case one of the most likely candidates to be included in the hearing.

Currently, Ulbricht, who, under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, ran the Dark Web market that existed in 2011-2013, is serving a double life imprisonment without the right to early release for a number of crimes, including money laundering and illicit trafficking of drugs.

The verdict was made in May 2015, but, according to many observers, was unexpectedly tough: as the judge then stated, he thereby wanted to send a message to other darknet operators. 

For example, Ulbricht was found guilty of ordering a series of murders that had never been committed. In court, it has not been proven that these crimes took place, but this did not affect the judge's determination.

The lawyers of the founder of Silk Road, referring to the Fourth and Sixth Amendments to the US Constitution, consider all of the above to collect information about his Internet traffic without the necessary warrant or a good reason for detention, concealment of key evidence and violation of the right to a fair trial.

The fact that Ross Ulbricht intends to challenge his verdict in the Supreme Court of the United States, became known in December 2017. Earlier, he refused claims to millions of dollars in the bitcoins arrested by the US authorities.

Lightning Desktop App to be Launched in BTC Mainnet

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the macOS, Windows and Linux, however, it's oriented fro test environment
24 April 2019   150

Lightning Labs, a leading developer of solutions for the Lightning Network, announced the launch of its desktop wallet in the main Bitcoin network. An application that was previously tested in a test network is available in the alpha version.

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the operating systems macOS, Windows and Linux, however, as the developers emphasize, is still oriented primarily to the test environment. At the same time, more advanced users can also experiment with the wallet interface and get access to their funds.

Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot
Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot

The Neutrino client allows non-custodial Lightning wallets to verify Bitcoin transactions without the need to synchronize with the full version of the blockchain.

The new release includes such a function as displaying a single balance, which will allow users to see the cumulative number of coins both in the network base and in the payment channels by percentage.