Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced former crypto mogul who’s going through fraud and conspiracy charged over his alleged scheme to steal cash to make political donations, and his authorized workforce submitted a listing of proposed questions they wish to ask potential jurors forward of his trial—giving perception into what matters the trial will cowl in addition to the place the authorized workforce believes their weaknesses and strengths lie.
Among the many 64 questions that Bankman-Fried’s authorized workforce desires the decide to ask every potential juror is whether or not they, or any of their household or shut acquaintances, have ever misplaced cash buying and selling cryptocurrency.
The questions additionally ask potential jurors about whether or not they consider donating to political motion committees, or PACs, is flawed, in addition to the ethics of donating to political causes extra broadly.
Bankman-Fried’s workforce additionally desires to ask potential jurors if they’ve any expertise with somebody who has ADHD, which it notes “may have an effect on issues like his bodily conduct, physique language, or eye contact,” and in the event that they “have any opinion” concerning the truth Bankman-Fried has ADHD.
The questions additionally ask potential jurors in the event that they’re conversant in efficient altruism, a social motion that seeks to make charitable giving as efficient as attainable, and what their opinions are on it—Bankman-Fried is an outspoken advocate for the precept.
The questions moreover embody many different customary questions concerning the potential jurors’ familiarity with the case, their private expertise with crime and any attainable relationships or conflicts of curiosity with attorneys engaged on the case.
Bankman-Fried is ready to face trial on October 3 for his actions as founder and CEO of FTX, a large cryptocurrency change that made Bankman-Fried a billionaire price over $20 billion earlier than collapsing and submitting for chapter in November after a liquidity disaster triggered by a selloff of its personal FTT tokens. Accusations of unlawful enterprise dealings between the corporate and Alameda Analysis, the corporate’s sister buying and selling agency, rapidly emerged. In December, Bankman-Fried was arrested within the Bahamas and he has since been indicted on numerous prison expenses within the U.S., together with seven counts of conspiracy and fraud. Federal prosecutors allege that Bankman-Fried secretly directed prospects’ cash from Alameda to FTX executives’ private financial institution accounts. These executives made political contributions in their very own names in an effort to offer FTX political affect. Bankman-Fried then allegedly used this affect to foyer Congress and regulatory businesses to help laws and regulation to make it simpler for FTX to succeed, in accordance with his indictment. He has pleaded not responsible.
The jury questions will in the end be decided by Choose Lewis A. Kaplan, who’s presiding over this case, with the enter of each the protection and prosecution.