US President Donald Trump has pardoned Ken Kurson, a former Ripple board member and co-founder of Modern Consensus, a crypto media company.
Kurson was one of 73 people to receive a full pardon from Trump early Wednesday, less than 12 hours before his presidency ended. A further 70 people have had sentences commuted, but the list did not include Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road, who was reportedly under consideration for a pardon last month. Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who helped popularize the use of Bitcoin; or Edward Snowden, who published details of a US surveillance program on Wikileaks.
Kurson was arrested last October for cyberstalking his ex-wife after a background check made allegations, sent drone messages, installed keystroke monitoring software, and made false allegations against a person's employer, the New York Times reported at the time.
"In a powerful letter to the prosecution, Mr. Kurson's ex-wife wrote on his behalf that she never wanted this investigation or arrest and repeatedly asked the FBI to drop it. I hired a lawyer to stop me protect against being forced. " another round of questions. My disgust at this arrest and the articles that follow is bottomless, "said Wednesday's pardon notice.
The pardon note also praised Kurson, who is friends with Trump's son-in-law and presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, and referred to him as a "community leader."
The absence of Ulbricht's name from the list is likely to disappoint many in the crypto industry who have campaigned for years to pardon the founder of the Silk Road. Thomas Massie (R-W.V.), Congressman since 2012, is a lawyer for Ulbricht's pardon alongside people like Snowden.
Trump will be officially absent on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. East Coast time when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. Until then, he can continue to bring forward pardons.