Judge to hear Sam Bankman-Fried's defense against 4M pages of newly released evidence


A federal decide will hear Sam Bankman-Fried’s defense argument against a brand new batch of evidence offered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Aug. 25. According to Bankman-Fried’s attorneys, an extra 4 million pages of discovery were released less than six weeks earlier than his trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 3. 

Judge Lewis Kaplan issued an order on Aug. 26 requesting the federal government to reply to letters from Bankman-Fried’s authorized group concerning his applicable entry to discovery supplies, in addition to a request to stop the federal government from utilizing evidence produced after July 1.

According to Bankman-Fried’s attorneys:

“We additional object to the Government’s manufacturing, simply yesterday, of an extra 4 million pages of discovery. The Government can’t be allowed to dump hundreds of thousands of pages on the defense lower than six weeks earlier than trial, […] For the explanations already mentioned in our motions in limine, ECF No. 206, the Government must be precluded from utilizing any such evidence at trial.“

Today’s determination permits Bankman-Fried’s authorized counsel to current its arguments in a video convention listening to on Aug. 30.

Kaplan order on Aug. 26. Source: Inner City Press

Bankman-Fried is accused of misappropriating person funds for investments, private bills and political marketing campaign donations. A complete of 12 prison counts have been laid against the previous FTX CEO, to be heard in two trials starting in October 2023 and March 2024.

Earlier this week, Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to fraud and cash laundering expenses levied in an up to date indictment by prosecutors. During the listening to, his legal professionals argued for higher therapy for him in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, the place he has been since his bail was revoked on Aug. 11.

According to his attorneys, Bankman-Fried has been forced to rely on a weight-reduction plan of bread, peanut butter and water due to the shortage of vegan choices offered by the jail. His counsel additionally raised considerations concerning his medical wants, sharing that he has not obtained his treatment since being jailed.

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