Former FTX CEO Alleges Prejudice in Fraud Trial Jury Questions

Former FTX CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, alleges bias in the proposed jury questions for his upcoming fraud trial. His lawyer argues that the questions presume his guilt and could lead to an unfair trial. The trial is set to start on Oct. 4.

Posted 7 months ago in Blockchain


Image description: Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX, in court during the fraud trial hearing.

The lawyer representing Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of the now-defunct crypto exchange FTX, has claimed that the proposed jury questions for the upcoming fraud trial will elicit biased responses. In a court filing on Sept. 29, lawyer Mark Cohen, who is representing Bankman-Fried, contends that the jury questions presented by the United States government contain prejudice that could result in an unfair trial for Bankman-Fried.

He also argues that the language used in the jury selection questions already portrays a biased image, presuming Bankman-Fried’s guilt in fraud and money laundering. Cohen stresses the importance of the court reminding potential jurors that Bankman-Fried is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Furthermore, Cohen argued that the court should use the voir dire proposed by Bankman-Fried. However, Cointelegraph recently reported that the U.S. government opposed Bankman-Fried’s proposed questions, declaring them unnecessary and time-consuming. Specifically, the U.S. government objected to his questions concerning pretrial publicity, the effective altruism philosophical movement, political donations and lobbying and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Jury selection will commence on Oct. 3, preceding the trial’s start on Oct. 4. According to a recently released trial calendar, there will be 15 full trial days in October and another six in November. Meanwhile, Bankman-Fried has been in detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center since August 11. U.S. Judge Lewis Kaplan has consistently refused his numerous requests for temporary release to prepare for the trial.

Last updated 9/30/2023, 1:18:09 AM

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