Judge says Sam Bankman-Fried’s lawyers have until Sept. 1 to request a trial postponement: Report


Lawyers representing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, have reportedly not requested for a totally different trial date so as to put together, however a federal choose has provided a restricted window to achieve this.

According to an Aug. 30 thread on X (previously Twitter) from Inner City Press, Judge Lewis Kaplan said the deadline for requesting a jury based mostly on Bankman-Fried’s trial begin date was Sept. 7. SBF’s lawyers reportedly stated they “chose an aggressive date” by which the previous FTX CEO would have the chance to clear his identify however didn’t fully rule out requesting extra time to put together as a results of alleged points with entry to discovery supplies.

“If the defendant feels he needs a postponement, they can ask for it,” stated Kaplan, in accordance to the thread. “I’m not saying I might essentially grant it. They’d have to display a want — not simply recount the variety of paperwork. There’s received to be extra meat on these bones.”

The Aug. 30 listening to centered on motions from SBF’s lawyers requesting temporary release for the previous FTX CEO so as to put together for his Oct. 3 felony trial. Kaplan revoked Bankman-Fried’s bail on Aug. 11, main to his remand on the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. His authorized workforce has argued the shortage of constant entry to the web and paperwork associated to his case was insufficient for trial preparation.

“[Bankman-Fried] is able to review discovery 70 hours a week,” reportedly stated Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Sassoon. “Counsel can visit him 7 days a week. This is not a pro se defendant — he has many lawyers and experts, who prepare around the clock.”

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Kaplan stated he would settle for motions from SBF’s protection workforce and prosecutors by Sept. 1 and rule on them by the next week — Sept. 4, Labor Day, is a nationwide vacation within the United States. These filings included Bankman-Fried’s protection technique of arguing he largely acted “in good faith” on recommendation of earlier counsel in regard to his alleged actions at FTX and Alameda Research.

Bankman-Fried faces 12 felony costs, which will probably be unfold throughout two trials scheduled to start on Oct. 2, 2023 and March 11, 2024. He has pleaded not responsible to all counts.

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