The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court)
brief on February 5, 2018 in Ross William Ulbricht v. United States of America, on petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
The petitioner was sentenced to life in prison after the FBI tracked his location without a warrant, based on his website activities and on uncharged, judicially-found “facts” that he ordered murders- for-hire that never transpired.
The brief asked the Court to clarify whether the warrantless seizure of an individual’s Internet traffic information, without probable cause, violates the Fourth Amendment. It also asks whether the Sixth Amendment permits judges to find the fact necessary to support an otherwise unreasonable sentence.
The American Conservative Union Foundation Center for Criminal Justice Reform, Freedom Project Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.), the Human Rights Defense Center, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, and the People’s Law Office also joined the brief.