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On FTX Bankman Fried As October Trial Set Net Access Without Monitoring Proposed

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 17 – Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, leading to his arrest in the Bahamas on December 12, and extradition to the US on December 21.

On February 28, with Bankman-Fried free on bond, FTX's Nishad Singh pleaded guilty to six criminal charges. Inner City Press put the charging document on its DocumentCloud here.

On March 1, Bankman-Fried's lawyers and the SDNY prosecutors - together - proposed to Judge Kaplan two candidates as his technical expert: Edward Stroz ($695/hr) and Michael McGowan ($650/hr). We'll have more on this - for now, more on Substack here

On March 3, the US Attorney's Office which chose to give Bankman-Fried freedom on bond then declined to seek remand proposed to Judge Kaplan conditions: "The parties agree that the following websites would be whitelisted through the law firm VPN."Full letter on Patreon here.

On March 8, Bankman-Fried's lawyer went further on VPN use, saying the US has no objection, and adding "laptop computers belonging to two other former FTX/Alameda employees." Full letter on Patreon here. Who are these other two?

On March 10, Judge Kaplan held his proceeding. Inner City Press was there and live tweeted, thread here:

More with analysis on Substack here

On March 17, after 8 pm, SBF's lawyer's sent in their proposal to Judge Kaplan, including "Mr. Bankman-Fried may use the Laptop only to query, review, and analyze the data in the AWS Database, and share those results with his counsel and others on the defense team. 4. For those purposes, the Laptop will be installed with the Microsoft 11 operating system and its associated programs and will be loaded only with the following additional applications and programs: a. AWS VPN client (to access the AWS Database); b. pgAdmin (PostgreSQL tool to query the AWS Database); c. Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access (to create documents and analyze data); d. Adobe Acrobat Reader (to read documents in .pdf format); e. 7zip (to create zip files to transfer large files); f. Google Chrome (to send files to the defense team via Mr. Bankman-Fried’s Gmail account or via the Cohen & Gresser ShareFile site); and g. A remote access support tool (for remote support by Cohen & Gresser). 5. If requested, Cohen & Gresser will provide the Government with device-specific identifying information for the Laptop. Because the Laptop will be controlled by Cohen & Gresser and a Cohen & Gresser attorney or paralegal will be with Mr. Bankman-Fried while he uses the Laptop, the Laptop will not be loaded with monitoring software or software that restricts his access to the Internet." Full letter on Patreon here. 


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