Fri. Sep 29th, 2023
Disgraced FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Challenges Internet Access in Prison

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, has once again contested his internet access in prison. In a court filing, his lawyers declared that the current plan does not work in practice. They disagreed with the prosecutors’ claim that Bankman-Fried has adequate internet connectivity in prison to review evidence before his impending fraud trial.

The prosecutors had previously stated that they had performed internet connectivity checks within the prison facilities and that the internet speed was sufficient for most internet review activities. However, Bankman-Fried’s legal team vehemently disagreed with this assessment. They alleged that the internet connection was so slow that it took 10 minutes for the home page to load, making it challenging for Bankman-Fried to review evidence effectively. They further stated that he had no access to the internet for a significant portion of the day.

Bankman-Fried’s lawyers have been making ongoing efforts to secure his release from prison or arrange weekend confinement to allow him more time to prepare for his defense. While full temporary release has been declined, the judge has granted Bankman-Fried dedicated time to use a restricted laptop on weekdays and less restricted access on weekends within the prison premises.

The issue of internet access in prison is crucial for Bankman-Fried’s defense as it affects his ability to review and search documents through the discovery database. Without proper access, he may face challenges in preparing for his upcoming trial.

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