U.S. prosecutors have recently responded to the complaints raised by Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, and his legal team. The prosecutors filed a response on August 29th, addressing the objections made by Bankman-Fried regarding the government’s decision to provide a substantial amount of discovery materials just weeks before the trial.
Bankman-Fried’s lawyers emphasized that the government had supplied approximately 7.7 million pages of discovery materials within a few days, causing difficulties for their client to review them adequately. As Bankman-Fried was imprisoned and faced other related challenges, he argued that he had no practical means of thoroughly examining the documents.
According to the prosecutors, however, these complaints made by Bankman-Fried and his legal team are “distorted.” They admitted to a delay in providing 4 million pages of discovery due to production issues at Google, but contended that Bankman-Fried should have had sufficient time to review the documents as they originated from his own Google accounts.
Witness Tampering Allegations
In their response, the prosecutors accused Bankman-Fried of potentially seeking evidence to engage in witness tampering. They claimed that Bankman-Fried had identified documents from his Google accounts, which he believed would discredit one of the government’s cooperating witnesses. These documents were then allegedly provided to a widely read publication, The New York Times, resulting in a story about former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, who is expected to act as a star witness in the trial.
Duplicate Documents and Double Counting
Additionally, the prosecutors clarified that 3.7 million pages of the discovery materials were duplicate documents, which did not increase the total amount of evidence. They explained that these documents were solely intended to notify Bankman-Fried of the upcoming discovery, and insisted that he and his legal team were “literally double counting” the materials in question.
Defense’s Request Opposed by the Government
Bankman-Fried’s lawyers had previously requested the court to prevent the introduction of evidence produced after July 1, 2023. However, the government made it clear in their latest filing that they intend to oppose this request.
As the controversy surrounding FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s trial continues, both his legal team and the government prosecutors are engaged in a heated battle over the discovery materials and their implications for the case. The trial outcome will undoubtedly have significant consequences, not only for Bankman-Fried but also for the broader cryptocurrency industry. As the proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the court will address the accusations and whether it will impact the final verdict.