Judge will consider whether to try Sam Bankman-Fried separately for superseding charges: Report

Judge Lewis Kaplan Considering Separate Trials for Ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried

A U.S. federal judge is reportedly considering a suggestion to divide the criminal allegations against ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) into two separate trials, according to a filing by prosecutors.

Judge Lewis Kaplan of the District Court for the Southern District of New York, as reported by The Wall Street Journal on June 15, was contemplating whether to drop or divide charges in Bankman-Fried’s criminal case in response to an “imaginative” proposal from the ex-FTX CEO’s legal representatives. Bankman-Fried’s lawyers had submitted a petition claiming that he should not be accused of offenses not stated in the extradition papers from the Bahamas to the U.S. in 2022.

The initial indictment against SBF included eight counts, however, an amended indictment in February and an extra charge in March raised the total to 13. Should the judge divide the trials, Bankman-Fried may confront a single trial concerning the extra accusations of purportedly bribing a Chinese government official and other issues linked to fraud at FTX and Alameda Research.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice declared they were ready to begin the trial of SBF on the initial indictment in October, with Judge Kaplan adjudicating the other five charges. The Wall Street Journal reported that the judge indicated he was unlikely to drop any criminal charges before the trial.

FTX contends that divulging a ‘valuable’ customer list would detrimentally impact its sale value.

FTX Collapse and Bankruptcy Case in Delaware Court

After FTX crypto exchange experienced a collapse in November 2022 and was accused of misusing customer funds, Bankman-Fried was extradited from the Bahamas to the United States on the basis of a Justice Department-initiated case. SBF has proclaimed his innocence in relation to all charges and, as part of his bail conditions, has mainly been confined to his parents’ California residence.

Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda Research, and Gary Wang, a co-founder of FTX, have both admitted guilt in connection to the financial ties between Alameda and FTX. Additionally, the bankruptcy case of FTX is being heard in a Delaware court.

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