09/11/2023 - Department of Justice Attempts to Prevent Testimony from Sam Bankman-Fried's Expert Witnesses

SBF, also recognized as Bankman-Fried, is standing on the brink of a trial scheduled to commence on October 2nd. These legal proceedings arose following charges brought by the U.S. government the previous year, accusing him of masterminding one of the most significant financial frauds in history. If found guilty of these allegations, the former luminary in the cryptocurrency world confronts the possibility of a lifetime behind bars.

In a recent submission to the New York courts, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking the exclusion of all expert witnesses slated to testify in Sam Bankman-Fried's case.

On August 28th, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) lodged a motion aiming to disqualify all seven of Sam "SBF" Bankman-Fried's expert witnesses from providing testimony during the trial. In its motion, the DOJ contends that Bankman-Fried's selected experts and the information they have disclosed exhibit numerous inadequacies, which, in the eyes of the DOJ, warrant their exclusion from the proceedings.

The motion argues that certain disclosures fail to meet even the most fundamental criteria for presenting an expert's opinions, and most do not establish a foundation for these opinions, a prerequisite under the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16.

Furthermore, it contends that the legal conclusions by the proposed experts would encroach upon the jurisdiction of both the court and the jury. The DOJ has petitioned the court to exercise its "gatekeeping authority" in order to prevent the admission of such expert testimonies.

Bankman-Fried's legal team asserts that the DOJ introduced a fresh trove of evidence against him on August 25th, which encompasses an additional four million pages of discovery. This material surfaced with less than six weeks remaining until his scheduled trial on October 3rd.

Back on August 8th, the DOJ's legal representative stated their intent to pursue seven charges against Bankman-Fried in the forthcoming October trial, incorporating allegations of an illicit campaign finance scheme as evidence within a wire fraud charge.

SBF's legal team is currently advocating for a temporary release from the detention center, asserting that the provided "exceptional accommodations" are inadequate for adequate preparation for the impending criminal trial, especially in light of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent release of millions of documents.

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried found himself incarcerated on Friday following a judge's decision to revoke his bail due to alleged witness tampering. The once-prominent figure in the cryptocurrency industry had been residing under house arrest at his parents' residence in Palo Alto, California, after posting a staggering $250 million bond.