The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has denied Sam Bankman-Fried’s request for release, citing concerns over his previous attempts to tamper with witnesses and the need to maintain the integrity of the judicial process.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Sam Bankman-Fried‘s appeal for release, mandating his continued incarceration as his legal battles unfold.
The court’s decision, articulated by Clerk of Court Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe in a letter dated Nov. 21 is a clear indication of the judiciary’s stance on Bankman-Fried’s case. Wolfe stated, “[w]e have reviewed the Defendant-Appellant’s additional arguments and find them unpersuasive.”
This ruling underscores the weight of Bankman-Fried’s alleged misconduct and the court’s commitment to a fair and uncompromised judicial process. The court pointed out Bankman-Fried’s attempts to influence the trial, noting that, “[t]he record shows that the district court thoroughly considered all of the relevant factors, including the Defendant-Appellant’s course of conduct over time that had required the district court to repeatedly tighten the conditions of release.”
Bankman-Fried was found guilty on Nov. 2 on seven criminal counts, including defrauding FTX customers, lenders and investors, after a month-long trial. He is now awaiting sentencing, scheduled for March 28.
The case took a significant turn when Bankman-Fried, initially placed under house arrest, had his bail revoked in October. This action followed his breach of release conditions, including leaking Caroline Ellison’s diary to the New York Times, texting witnesses, and speaking to the press while awaiting trial.