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No dice: COVID-19 worries won’t get this Silk Road vendor out of prison

No dice: COVID-19 worries won’t get this Silk Road vendor out of prison
  • Last week we wrote an article on the request from a 61-year-old vendor on the infamous Silk Road for release from prison during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Reports came out earlier this week that showed court filings had rejected the request from Judge Jed Rakoff. 

Last week we wrote an article on the request from a 61-year-old vendor on the infamous Silk Road black market for a compassionate release from prison during the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the world. 

Reports came out earlier this week that showed court filings had rejected the request from Judge Jed Rakoff. 

The judge found that the inmates had failed to present an extraordinary and compelling argument for his release at the start of this week on the 13th of April.bt

The film vendor on Silk Road, Hugh Haney had requested a temporary release on the 8th of April with his attorney arguing that the Manhattan Metropolitan detention centre was on the verge of a severe outbreak in the virus which could see many of the 1700 prisoners perish. 

The argument was made by the judge that the prisoner in question is less than 65 years old and unlike many prisoners who had applied in recent days for release due to asthma and other health-related reasons, the Silk Road vendor is in relatively good health.

While the judge also noted that the prisoner's age of 61 places him as a high risk of experiencing complications due to the virus from the rest of the population of the prison, he made it clear that the argument underpinning their request would justify the release of every other inmate in the country above the age of 60.

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