Sam Bankman-Fried appears to dig deep into his mental health

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Sam Bankman-Fried appears to dig deep into his mental health

In a rare display of candor - or as part of a calculated exercise in reputation management - Sam Bankman-Fried delved deep into his mental health problems in a trove of unposted tweets, obtained by CoinDesk's Christine Lee, and released for the first time on Friday. ''T really know what 'happiness' means,'' he said in one of the tweets, which he wrote just weeks after his crypto empire blew up last year, as he faced down a tidal wave of public scorn.

In both cases, it's difficult to distinguish whether Bankman-Fried's musings provide an authentic glimpse into the beleaguered cryptocurrency founder's psyche, or whether his mental health battles and personal anecdotes have been played up for sympathy. On this front, it is impossible to fairly speculate, though it seems likely that Bankman-Fried's mental health problems could play a role in his defense.

Dilin Massand and Victor Chen were also down to lower Manhattan to speak with random New Yorkers to assess what a jury of Bankman-Fried's peers might look like. Many people knew of FTX and its once-renowned founder. Some said they didn't feel comfortable on a jury without knowing more about the industry.

Also this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan, the head of Bankman-Fried's trial, strike down a request by FTX founder's lawyers asking that he be temporarily released from prison. Bankman-Fried has been held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center since his bail was revoked in July, and his lawyers argued for the third time on Thursday that this has made it difficult for them to prepare for trial. With Bankman-Fried's trial set to begin next week, the argument from his lawyers had been that Bankman-Fried would need time to strategize during his trial; previously, they'd asked him to be granted release ahead of time.

Kaplan again denied the motion - arguing that the FTX founder has had ample opportunity to review the evidence and prepare his defense over the past several months. However, Kaplan made some concessions, ordering the Department of Prisons to ensure Bankman-Fried be delivered to court at a brisk 7 a.m. on most days of the trial - designed to give him and his lawyers a bit of extra time to incorporate fresh testimony into their defense.

On a housekeeping note, we officially have the court calendar for the trial through Nov.11. The court will meet four days a week, except for the week of Oct. 22 when it will only be in session two days. There will be no trial on October 9, 20-25, Nov. 3 or Nov.10. The trial will likely continue following that, the judge said in a statement.