Sam Bankman-Fried’s lawyers seek to block Ukrainian witness from testifying

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Key Takeaways:

– Lawyers for Sam Bankman-Fried are trying to block a Ukrainian customer from testifying at his trial
– They argue that the testimony would only elicit sympathy and outrage from the jury
– The Department of Justice had requested permission for the Ukrainian witness to testify remotely due to unique circumstances
– The witness, a young male in Ukraine, lost a substantial portion of his life savings on FTX during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
– The DOJ believes the testimony from FTX customers is relevant to establish the platform’s reach and Bankman-Fried’s promotional efforts
– Bankman-Fried’s lawyers seek clarification on various court rulings, including the exclusion of arguments regarding FTX’s regulation and compliance
– They also inquire about presenting evidence of Bankman-Fried’s philanthropy and asset recovery in FTX bankruptcy proceedings
– Bankman-Fried’s trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday with jury selection.


Lawyers representing Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of a failed crypto exchange, are opposing the testimony of a Ukrainian customer in his trial. They argue that the testimony would only elicit sympathy and outrage from the jury. The customer, located in Ukraine, is said to have lost a significant portion of his savings during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The Department of Justice had requested permission for the witness to testify remotely due to unique circumstances that make international travel difficult. Bankman-Fried’s lawyers claim that the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment gives him the right to be confronted with witnesses in person. Additionally, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers have requested clarification on various aspects of the court’s previous rulings, including the exclusion of arguments about FTX’s regulation and compliance, the presentation of Bankman-Fried’s charitable activities, and evidence related to asset recovery in FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings. The trial is set to start on Tuesday with jury selection.

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