SBF Gets Limited Time to Meet Counsel Outside Prison
• SBF is allowed to meet his counsel outside of prison for a limited time on August 22nd.
• The meeting will take place in the Marshal’s cell block attorney room, with permission to bring a laptop and Wi-Fi device.
• This follows requests from SBF’s lawyers for freedom during weekdays to properly prepare for the upcoming trial on October 2nd.
Permitted Meeting with Counsel
US Judge Lewis Kaplan has granted former CEO of FTX – Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) – permission to meet with his lawyers outside of prison, albeit only for a limited time on August 22nd. All other prior requests were denied.
The meeting will take place in the Marshal’s cell block attorney room, where SBF is permitted to bring one Internet-enabled laptop and a Wi-Fi device. It is scheduled between 8:30am and 3:00pm that day.
Reasoning Behind Request
SBF’s lawyers had requested Judge Kaplan grant their client freedom during weekdays, citing that jail conditions are too restrictive and would not allow him to adequately prepare for the upcoming trial on October 2nd.
Before being accused as the main culprit behind the FTX meltdown, he was allowed to spend several months at his parents‘ house under a whopping $250 million bond. However, this changed following the leakage of Caroline Ellison’s (former CEO of FTX’s sister company Alameda Research) private diary which resulted in SBF being sent back into custody until his trial date arrives.
Judge Lewis Kaplan has granted Sam Bankman-Fried permission to meet with his counsel outside of prison on August 22nd for three hours, allowing him the opportunity to better prepare himself for his October 2nd trial date; however all other previous requests have been denied.