Former Ripple board member receives clemency from Trump. Ken Kurson, former board member of Ripple and the co-founder of Modern Consensus, a crypto media outlet has received pardon from U.S President Donald Trump.
Kurson was one of 73 individuals who received full clemency from Trump early Wednesday. This comes just less than 12 hours before his presidency is scheduled to come to an end. An additional 70 individuals had their sentences commuted, but the list did not include Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road founder who was allegedly considered for a pardon last month; Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who helped popularize the use of bitcoin; or Edward Snowden, who disclosed information on a U.S. surveillance program to Glenn Greenwald, former reporter at The Guardian.
Other recipients of Wednesday’s pardons include former campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who said in 2018 he was working on a cryptocurrency project before his 2020 arrest on fraud charges, rapper Lil Wayne, who faced prison time on a firearms charge, and Kodak Black, who is serving a 3-year sentence on weapons charges.
Kurson’s Wednesdays pardon notice read “In a powerful letter to the prosecutors, Mr. Kurson’s ex-wife wrote on his behalf that she never wanted this investigation or arrest and, ‘repeatedly asked for the FBI to drop it… I hired a lawyer to protect me from being forced into yet another round of questioning. My disgust with this arrest and the subsequent articles is bottomless,’”