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Mediate grants DoJ motions barring testimony of Sam Bankman-Fried’s witnesses

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Mediate Lewis Kaplan left the door initiating for SBF’s protection team to name one of the most precluded witnesses in accordance to testimony equipped by the govt..

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A federal mediate has sided with the United States Department of Justice in motions aimed at precluding the testimony of 7 witnesses on behalf of earlier FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF.

In a Sept. 21 filing with U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, Mediate Lewis Kaplan granted in limine motions from prosecutors which would bar obvious witnesses from testifying in SBF’s felony trial. Kaplan equipped various in actual fact handy grounds for granting the DoJ’s motions in opposition to obvious witnesses, which incorporated the proposed testimony being “under no circumstances obvious”, beside the point to the trial, or would in any other case seemingly obfuscate the info of the case for the jury.

The witnesses at say within the felony case incorporated Thomas Bishop, Brian Kim, Bradley Smith, Lawrence Akka, Joseph Pimbley, Peter Vinella , and Andrew Di Wu, a quantity of whom are professionals within the in actual fact handy subject. Court docket filings from Aug. 28 suggested that SBF’s in actual fact handy team might per chance like paid upwards of $1,200 per hour for his or her testimony. 

Kaplan left the door initiating for SBF’s protection team to name one of the most folk in accordance to testimony to witnesses for the U.S. govt. Nevertheless, he denied a circulate from Bankman-Fried’s attorneys which might per chance like excluded testimony from Peter Easton, a College of Notre Dame accountancy professor, who will command on FTX customer fiat accounts.

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Bankman-Fried is scheduled to appear sooner than Kaplan for his first felony trial on Oct. 3, where he will face 7 felony charges connected to the alleged misuse of user funds at FTX and Alameda Analysis. He’ll face one other 5 criminals charges in a March 2024 trial. SBF has pleaded not responsible to all counts.

Since a federal mediate revoked his bail in August, SBF has been largely remanded to the Metropolitan Detention Heart in Brooklyn unless the initiating of his trial. On Sept. 21, a three-mediate panel denied an appeal from the earlier FTX CEO’s in actual fact handy team arguing for early release largely on First Modification grounds.

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