Sam Bankman-Fried To Testify?• October 24, 2023 4:25 pm • Comments
Will Sam Bankman-Fried actually testify as part of his ongoing criminal trial?
This is a question that has been hot on the minds of everyone following or reporting on the case, though it is not apparent that even Bankman-Fried knows the answer to that question.
Inner City Press has been following the trial, live from New York, since the outset. The outlet previously reported:
“SBF Sunday night filing – re-request for trial day Adderall so he can decide whether to testify: “As we approach the decision of whether Mr. Bankrnan-Fried will testify… because of his lack of access to Adderall he has not been able to concentrate.”
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— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) October 16, 2023
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— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) October 23, 2023
There is a notable chance that Bankman-Fried may decide to take the risk of testifying, even though it is a massive gamble.
Daniel C. Silva, a former assistant U.S. attorney, suggests that Bankman-Fried might feel that a prison sentence is inevitable, regardless of his testimony.
The potential downside, such as facing additional prison time if caught lying under oath, may be outweighed by the opportunity to sway a juror in his favor.
Attorney Sam Enzer recently told CoinDesk that he thinks Bankman-Fried will likely testify as part of his ongoing criminal trial, though Enzer believes this would be a poor choice.
🗨️ Will SBF testify in court?
Sam Enzer thinks it's likely but advises against it. ⛔
— CoinDesk Podcast Network (@CoinDeskPodcast) October 23, 2023
Senior crypto reporter at Tech Crunch Jacquelyn Melinek provided this update:
“The SBF trial is on recess until Oct 26. Prosecutors said its last 3 potential witnesses are an FBI agent, an investor, and a customer. Then “if there’s a defense case, it’ll be 1 week or less,” SBF’s lawyer said. The defense team didn’t clarify if SBF will testify or not.”
The SBF trial is on recess until Oct 26.
Prosecutors said its last 3 potential witnesses are an FBI agent, an investor and a customer.
Then “if there’s a defense case, it’ll be 1 week or less," SBF's lawyer said.
The defense team didn't clarify if SBF will testify or not.
— Jacquelyn Melinek (@jacqmelinek) October 19, 2023
CoinDesk likewise reported:
Other witnesses may testify if they have a direct role or connection with FTX. The defense has not yet said if Bankman-Fried himself will testify.
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