Before his October trial, U.S. prosecutors filed a motion to revoke FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s bond and send him to prison on the grounds that he has frequently attempted to sway witness evidence and that his bail terms are insufficient to safeguard the public.
Following up on their declaration on Wednesday that they were “seeking detention” for Bankman-Fried after he gave the New York Times access to the diaries of former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, prosecutors with the Department of Justice submitted a written filing to a federal judge on Friday.
According to the DOJ petition, Bankman-Fried’s publication of Ellison’s writings counts as an attempt by him to harass her in order to either thwart or somehow sway her testimony in court.
“The defendant’s leak of Ellison’s private writings is yet another instance of the defendant trying to intimidate and corruptly persuade Ellison with respect to her upcoming trial testimony, as well as an effort to influence or prevent the testimony of other potential trial witnesses,” the filing said.
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Although Bankman-Fried has the right to publicly defend himself, as his lawyer Mark Cohen claimed he was attempting to do in speaking with the Times, the DOJ claimed that his sharing of the journal information goes beyond even making a fair remark.
The court document stated that the defendant “may not do, and has now repeatedly done, seek to corruptly influence witnesses and interfere with a fair trial through attempted public harassment and shaming.”
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