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Sam Bankman-Fried Trial Kicks-off with Jury Selection Challenges

by BSC News

October 4, 2023

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The trial's initial day saw the dismissal of potential jurors by Judge Lewis Kaplan due to conflicts of interest and cryptocurrency-related financial losses.

SBF Legal Showdown Commences

The trial of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) has commenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, but it began with a twist: the first day concluded without the selection of a jury. The trial aims to select 12 jurors and six alternates, with the selection process extending into a second day on October 4.

The trial's initial day saw the dismissal of potential jurors by Judge Lewis Kaplan due to conflicts of interest and cryptocurrency-related financial losses. The primary focus of the day was on the voir dire process, a crucial phase where the judge, defense, and prosecution collaboratively select the final jury from a pool of over 80 New Yorkers.

Potential jurors disclosed close connections to the cryptocurrency industry, with some having professional ties to Alameda and FTX, entities associated with SBF. These connections highlight the significance of the trial within New York's financial district.

It is worth noting that after a nine-month wait, Sam Bankman-Fried will now have the opportunity to defend himself against a range of federal fraud and conspiracy charges relating to the collapse of FTX, his cryptocurrency and futures exchange, and Alameda Research, his crypto trading company. Prosecutors allege that SBF illegally reinvested FTX user funds through these ventures.

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