Review of Sam Bankman-Fried's Pretrial Release Motion by Three-Judge Panel

Police & Regulations
Sep 7, 2023 at 11:38 am

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former leader of FTX, is actively seeking temporary release to adequately prepare for his October trial. As of Wednesday, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has decided that Sam Bankman-Fried must stay confined in the Brooklyn detention facility until federal appellate judges render a verdict on his plea for pretrial release.

Bankman-Fried is confronted with a series of financial charges stemming from the collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange in November 2022. He was on bail until early August when the overseeing federal judge rescinded it on grounds of witness tampering. This move was promptly contested by the former FTX CEO.

The forthcoming appeal will be presented before the next available panel of three judges, as confirmed by the court clerk on Wednesday. Concurrently, the plea for immediate release has been dismissed. The exact timeline for subsequent proceedings remains uncertain.

For several weeks now, Bankman-Fried's legal team and the prosecution have been embroiled in a heated dispute over the purportedly inadequate conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center. The defense asserts that their client cannot effectively prepare for the October trial within the confines of the jail, and thus, advocates for his release. It is crucial to emphasize that this motion is distinct from their appeal against Judge Lewis Kaplan's annulment of Bankman-Fried's bail.

In the preceding week, Judge Lewis Kaplan called upon both parties to provide him with briefings on the "current situation at the MDC" by the previous Tuesday. However, there exists a discrepancy between the government and the defense regarding the circumstances. They submitted contradictory letters to the court concerning Bankman-Fried's access to laptops containing defense materials. Kaplan has granted the defense until September 8 to address any concerns they may have.

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