Feb 17, 2023
Judge Suggests Revoking FTX CEO’s Bail Over Witness Tampering
Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, could be sent back to jail until his trial in October after a federal judge suggested there was “probable cause” to believe he may have engaged in attempted witness tampering.
During a Feb. 16 hearing on Bankman-Fried’s bail conditions, Judge Lewis Kaplan said there was “probable cause to believe that he has committed or attempted to commit a federal felony while on release, namely witness tampering,” according to multiple reports.
Judge Kaplan suggested that this could “conceivably” see Bankman-Fried sent back to jail, though noted that the Feb. 16 hearing was not a bail revocation hearing.
“Why am I being asked to turn him loose in this garden of electronic devices?” Kaplan reportedly said.
The day before the hearing, prosecutors asked Judge Kaplan to further restrict Bankman-Fried’s device usage to a single monitored computer and cellphone, citing recent device usage as cause for concern.
During the hearing, Judge Kaplan suggested that it was naive to believe that these restrictions would stop Bankman-Fried from using the internet, given that he is living with his two parents, who both have laptops and cellphones.
Prosecutor Nicholas Roos seemingly agreed, suggesting there may not be a “great solution,” which prompted Kaplan to imply that revoking Bankman-Fried’s bail could eliminate these risks, noting:
“There is a solution, but it’s not one anybody has proposed yet.”
Bankman-Fried’s lawyers, however, argued that they need him to be able to work on his defense, claiming: “We cannot go through these extensive financial records without him.”
The former FTX CEO has been prohibited from using certain messaging apps since Feb. 9, after he was found to have contacted potential witnesses. He was also temporarily banned from using a VPN after prosecutors accused him of using it on two occasions, on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12.
The VPN ban was not extended at the Feb. 16 hearing.
The news that Bankman-Fried may face jail time has sparked shock and disbelief within the crypto community, as many question why he has not yet had his bail revoked.
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