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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has launched a new motion to secure his “temporary release” or, at the very least, ensure regular interactions with his defense counsel.
Defense Attorneys Rally for Fair Trial Preparation Amidst Legal Turmoil
Bankman-Fried’s defense attorneys’ recent motion, filed on a Friday, argues that Bankman-Fried’s essential right to contribute to his defense strategy is hampered by his detention. The defense’s primary concern is that crucial documents necessary for review are only accessible online, hindering Bankman-Fried’s ability to engage effectively in his case.
“We do not believe that anything short of temporary release will properly address these problems and safeguard Mr. Bankman-Fried’s right to participate in his own defense,” stated a letter from his defense attorney, Christian Everdell.
The defense team is requesting either “temporary release” or the opportunity for Bankman-Fried to meet his defense team at the proffer rooms five days a week, equipped with an internet-enabled computer for document review and collaboration.
Bankman-Fried’s Bond Revoked, Defense Cites Right to Trial Preparation
Earlier this month, Judge Lewis Kaplan revoked Sam Bankman-Fried’s bond, alleging that he had violated his bail conditions multiple times by attempting to tamper with witnesses.
Now, his defense team contends that his Sixth Amendment right, essential for trial preparation, is hindered. Their plea for him to have consistent access to necessary documents underscores the significance of a level playing field in the legal process.
This pivotal development highlights Bankman-Fried’s commitment to ensuring his constitutional rights are upheld throughout the legal process.
Bankman-Fried Faces Hurdles with Limited Access and Online Restrictions, Ahead of the October Trial
While Bankman-Fried currently has access to a laptop during his time at the federal courthouse in Manhattan, the allocated hours and limited online access restrict his ability to work efficiently. The defense argued that the laptop’s battery life and weak internet connectivity further hamper his efforts.
The inability to access discovery documents and work materials during his detention complicates his trial preparations, emphasizing the urgency of addressing these issues.
As the legal proceedings unfold, Judge Kaplan has directed prosecutors to respond to the defense’s concerns by Tuesday, August 29. A virtual hearing on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET will delve into the discovery-related issues raised. Bankman-Fried’s trial, encompassing seven charges including wire fraud and conspiracy, is scheduled to commence in early October.
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