On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan protected the jury from an excerpt from Michael Lewis’s book “Going Infinite” about FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried during the trial. Kaplan sided with the prosecution’s objection that the conversation was an inadmissible false exculpatory hearsay. If convicted of the seven fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering charges he is facing, Bankman-Fried could face up to 115 years in prison. The jury also heard about Zeke Faux’s book “Number Go Up” and interviews Bankman-Fried gave in the wake of FTX’s collapse. Bankman-Fried disagreed with the articles written about him after FTX fell apart.
This is bad news for Bankman-Fried as Kaplan’s ruling suggests he believed the conversation was a considered and manufactured response. This could be a major factor in the jury’s decision when it comes to deciding Bankman-Fried’s fate.
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