DoJ Accuses FTX Founder of Discrediting Gov’t Witness

22. Juli 2023 Von admin Aus

Summary

  • The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a complaint against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing him of leaking the private papers of his business ally and romantic partner Caroline Ellison.
  • The DoJ argues that SBF attempted to publicly discredit government witness Caroline Ellison so that she would be unable to testify in his case.
  • The complaint seeks an order from the court prohibiting “extrajudicial statements by parties and witnesses” that are likely to interfere with the right to a fair trial.

Background

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a complaint on July 20 against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), accusing him of leaking the private papers of Caroline Ellison, who was once his business ally and romantic partner. The DoJ argued SBF had attempted to publicly discredit government witness Caroline Ellison, who was once his business ally and a romantic partner.

Documents Leaked

In her diary, Ellison described feeling overwhelmed by her job at Alameda Research, alongside other things like the pain from her romantic break up with SBF and her professional insecurities. Though the article didn’t indicate who provided the documents to The New York Times (NYT), it “is apparent” that documents were shared by Bankman-Fried, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated in the complaint. He wrote: “When the government learned this week that this article was forthcoming, defense counsel confirmed that the defendant had met with one of the article’s authors in person and had shared documents with him that were not part of the government’s discovery material.”

U.S Federal Rules Violated

The U.S federal rules of civil procedure prohibit lawyers and their agents from releasing non-public information that may interfere with a fair trial. As such, U.S Attorney Damian Williams requested for an order from the court pursuant to Local Rule 23.1 which proscribes “extrajudicial statements by parties and witnesses” which are likely interfere with fair trail by impartial jury .

Requested Order

Williams requested for an order from court prohibiting extrajudicial statements by parties or witnesses which will interfere with right to fair trail by impartial jury as per U.S federal rule civil procedure .