The US Division of Justice has expressed considerations over the proposed jury questions put forth by Sam Bankman-Fried, suggesting that they could be unnecessarily intrusive and doubtlessly meant to assist his protection.
In a letter addressed to Decide Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York, prosecutors claimed that a number of Bankman-Fried’s proposed questions have been intrusive.
They particularly referred to as out queries that delved into potential jurors’ opinions concerning FTX, the crypto alternate that collapsed below allegations of fraud in November final 12 months.
“The protection requests quite a few open-ended questions on what opinions potential jurors have fashioned in regards to the case, the defendant, and the defendant’s firms, and asks whether or not potential jurors can ‘fully ignore’ what they’ve beforehand seen. That is unnecessarily intrusive and goes past the aim of voir dire.”
Prosecutors Take into account Questions Relating to Altruism Pointless
Prosecutors argued that questions associated to efficient altruism, which Bankman-Fried claims as his philosophical base, weren’t solely pointless but in addition an try and form a protection narrative suggesting that the defendant was accumulating wealth to enhance the world.
Additionally they deemed questions on Bankman-Fried’s ADHD and associated medicine as irrelevant and prejudicial, emphasizing that no discover of a psychological illness or situation protection had been offered throughout the courtroom’s imposed deadline.
Moreover, the prosecution has requested particular technological preparations for the trial, together with a high-speed ethernet connection, a printer for presidency use, and headphones for the jury.
These provisions, as outlined of their letter to Decide Kaplan, are meant to facilitate the efficient and environment friendly presentation of proof in the course of the proceedings.
Each Bankman-Fried and the DOJ submitted voir dire questions final week, the place have been meant to determine if any of the attainable jurors are aware of the case, particularly with crypto or with efficient altruism.
One of many recommended questions requested “If an organization concerned within the cryptocurrency trade or the monetary trade fails, do you are feeling that solely the homeowners of the corporate should be accountable?”
The proposed questionnaire additionally included questions on jurors’ information of FTX and Bankman-Fried, their expertise with crypto buying and selling, their opinions on “amassing wealth to enhance the world and assist others,” and whether or not they have any expertise with consideration deficit hyperactivity dysfunction (ADHD).
The trial towards the previous alternate boss is about to start on October 3, with Decide Lewis A. Kaplan overseeing the jury choice course of.
Earlier this month, Bankman-Fried’s authorized crew as soon as once more requested a pre-trial launch for his or her shopper resulting from poor web entry within the federal jail that stops him from correctly making ready for the trial.
“Regardless of the federal government’s efforts, there doesn’t look like a technique to remedy the web entry downside within the cellblock. The defendant can not put together for trial with these sorts of limitations,” SBF’s attorneys wrote within the request.