FTX Founder, Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bond Revoked, Witness Tampering 

Filing a motion on Friday on Sam Bankman-Fried’s case became the big breaking point on Monday. The motion highlighted when Sam’s bond was revoked after finding Sam violated the bail conditions on two different occasions. Lawyers for Bankman-fried filed a new motion to safeguard his temporary release stating his rights to prepare for defense.    

What Happened with Sam Bankman-Fried? 

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange has become a hot topic nowadays. He is one of the richest people in the crypto space, residing in jail after a bail hearing in New York City. Sam was accused of committing bank fraud, operating an unlicensed money-transmitting business, and cheating customer deposits over a trading platform. 

With a charge of overseeing a multibillion-dollar fraud, Sam Bankman-Fried was imprisoned. In recent times, the case took a new turn, he was sought for violating the bail conditions on at least two occasions. 

Attorneys for Sam have filed a new motion to protect his “temporary release”, citing the rights of Bankman-Fried to prepare his defense. The request is for offering a temporary release of Sam or at least allowing him to meet the defense team five days a week.   

A need for Temporary release 

On Friday, the defense team filed a motion stating Sam’s right to work on his own defense. According to the team, being in jail simply impacting the work of Sam Bankman-Fried for his own defense, infringed the work. This is all happening because of the inaccessibility to the documents he needs to review for defense.     

Christian Everdell, Sam’s lawyer stated in the Friday letter that, anything short of temporary release will work effectively to address the issues and protect Sam Bankman-Fried’s right to be involved in his own defense.   

He also made a request to the court to consider certain conditions in order to help Sam Bankman-fried prepare for his own defense. “We request the honorable court rethink the prior decisions or at least offer Bankman-fried with a room at 500 Pearl Street, five days a week” he added. 

Court provides a room to Sam where defense counsel can offer him a computer system, connected to the internet, permitting him to review, edit and share documents with his lawyers. After accomplishment of the work, the system will be taken back from Sam, at the end of the session, He assured the court. 

Sam’s bond was canceled earlier this month, as he was found tampering with the bail conditions. The condition was revealed by Judge Lewis Kaplan and so revoked the bond. An appeal from the attorneys was made to keep Sam out of custody. 

“Sam does not have effective communication with his work products, which affects his preparation for defense”, stated Everdell. 

In addition, Sam already has access to a laptop with limited battery life and weak internet access. He is allowed to work with the laptop for six hours a day, two days a week. Sam’s lawyer argued that Bankman-Fried does not have access to any work product. 


Sam Bankman Fried, the founder of FTX was found violating the bail conditions and his bond was revoked by Judge Lewis Kaplan. The lawyer of Sam, Christian Everdell, requests the court for temporary release or offer a computer system with high internet speed to help Sam prepare for his own defense.   

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