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Sam Bankman-Fried’s authorized staff turns over docs associated to NYT story, requests they be sealed


Legal professionals representing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, also called ‘SBF’, have requested the courtroom seal paperwork associated to his interviews with a New York Occasions reporter revealing particulars about his relationship with Caroline Ellison. 

In a July 27 submitting in United States District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, Bankman-Fried’s authorized staff stated it had offered the courtroom and Division of Justice with paperwork the previous FTX CEO had proven a reporter which led to particulars in Ellison’s non-public journals being revealed. The attorneys requested Choose Lewis Kaplan permit them to file the paperwork beneath seal, citing “the necessity to keep away from their public dissemination”.

Prosecutors within the case have pushed for SBF’s $250-million bail to be revoked, claiming he used his freedom to intimidate Ellison — his former romantic associate and colleague — who is predicted to supply testimony in opposition to the previous FTX CEO. Information outlet Inside Metropolis Press filed a letter of opposition to the request to seal the paperwork, claiming that any order to take action could be “internally inconsistent”:

“The defendant already gave them to 1 media outlet. It’s akin to the evisceration of a Freedom of Data Act exemption by a file being already publicly obtainable.”

Among the many particulars of Ellison’s journals within the revealed NYT story included her describing feeling overwhelmed by her place at Alameda Analysis, and her break up with SBF. It is unclear what different info, if any, on Bankman-Fried or Ellison may come to gentle ought to the decide deny the request to seal.

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SBF is presently beneath a short lived gag order imposed on July 26 which largely prevents him from making any extrajudicial statements associated to his felony case till the dedication of arguments on bail. Choose Kaplan will settle for arguments from prosecutors on July 28 and from Bankman-Fried’s authorized staff on Aug. 3 concerning his bail situations, which may result in him being detained till his October trial.

Prosecutors advised Choose Kaplan on July 27 they anticipated to drop the cost regarding violations of marketing campaign finance in opposition to SBF because of the situations of an extradition settlement with The Bahamas. The previous FTX CEO nonetheless faces 12 felony counts, which might be unfold throughout two trials scheduled for October 2023 and March 2024.

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