Today in Manhattan federal court Ghislaine Maxwell will learn her fate and see how much of the rest of her life she will spend in prison. Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York are pushing U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan to lock up Maxwell for 30 to 55 years, calling her crimes "monstrous" and saying she played an "instrumental role in the horrific sexual abuse of multiple young teenage girls."
However, Nathan has already quietly decided to reduce her sentence by ten years. In April, Nathan knocked ten years off of Maxwell's maximum sentence and upgraded her living conditions in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York. The judge agreed with the defense that three of the five guilty charges against Maxwell were similar and in turn reduced her sentence.
Victims of Maxwell, Annie Farmer, Virginia Giuffre, Elizabeth Stein, Sarah Ransome, Teresa Helm and "Kate," who has used the pseudonym to identify herself, have filed victim impact statements asking Nathan to consider their suffering when sentencing Maxwell.
According to reports, Ransome said that the half of a year she spent treated as a "sex toy" by Maxwell and Epstein spurred her to attempt suicide twice. Graphic photos of her taken inside a hospital room after those attempts were included in the filing.
On Sunday, officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office said Maxwell and her legal team refused to answer questions from the prison's psychology staff so she was removed from the general population and placed on suicide watch. Given her fellow sex trafficking pedophile's fate, the idea that she is also on suicide watch has sparked conspiracy theories and speculation online.
While Maxwell waits to find out how long she is locked in a cage for harming multiple children and trafficking them to elite pedophiles, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the disgusting disparity between her sentence and that of Ross Ulbricht.
Those who don't follow his case closely often claim that Ulbricht was convicted for attempting to pay for the murder and torture of people who'd stolen from or threatened him. That is not true at all.
He was never convicted of hiring a hitman to murder anyone. Bogus charges were brought, but they were dropped. Despite the murder allegations being dropped because there was no evidence to support them, however, they still served to muddy the waters of his case, and helped prosecutors obtain the extremely cruel and unusual double life sentence for creating a website.
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Before Bitcoin became the newest tech and investment craze, it was seen as the currency of the black market, which was used to buy and sell drugs on the infamous “dark web.” In fact, Ulbricht was one of the early adopters of Bitcoin and he created one of the first websites that popularized the cryptocurrency. I was called The Silk Road.
The Silk Road was an anonymous online marketplace that became a target for politicians and law enforcement because of the large volume of drugs that were being sold through the site. On the Silk Road, drug users and vendors were able to trade anonymously using Bitcoin, making it one of the first major commerce platforms to adopt the cryptocurrency.
This constant reinvention of the Silk Road brand and the myriad of spin-off marketplaces is reminiscent of the battle that took place between online file sharing websites and the global record and film industries. Whenever the government took down a file-sharing site, ten more would spring up in its place, making it very difficult for authorities to keep up with the overgrowing connectivity that the internet provides.
Even though Ulbricht did nothing but create a website—just like the famous billionaires Mark Zuckerberg or Jeff Bezos—he was treated like El Chapo in court because his invention worked against the system, instead of for it.
One important point that was heavily overlooked by the media during the Ulbricht trial was the fact that the Silk Road actually made the world a safer place by undermining prohibition. Even though drugs are illegal, large numbers of people still use them on a regular basis and these people are often put in dangerous situations because of these prohibitions.
The Silk Road allowed people to purchase drugs from the comfort of their living room to avoid the risk of getting mugged in a dark alleyway. It also allowed them to read reviews of the products that their potential dealer was selling, saving them from tainted drugs and dirty batches that could put their lives at risk.
Ulbricht should have gotten the Nobel Prize for his visionary application of a new and revolutionary technology, but instead, he was arrested in October 2013 and has been sitting in federal prison ever since, awaiting a break in his case, or the end of the drug war — and he will be there for the rest of his life if nothing changes.
Meanwhile, a child trafficking pedophile who sold kids to the world's elite, will be out in just a few years. This is the justice system in the land of the free.