Sam Bankman-Fried trial begins with jury selected

Sam Bankman-Fried trial begins with jury selected

Today marks the beginning of Sam Bankman-Fried's criminal trial--and it's all happening at New York's U.S. Southern District courthouse on Pearl Street, where my colleague Ben Weiss will be spending the day.

Opening arguments won't begin until tomorrow, but today a crew of New Yorkers will be selected to compose the jury and ultimately decide the fate of the startup industry's now-disgraced crypto founder, Bankman-Fried.

The trial is expected to go on for the next six weeks or so, with trial dates scheduled until at least Nov. 9, according to the case calendar attached to the docket last week. Lewis A. Kaplan, a federal judge, was appointed to the district court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, and has just recently presided over the civil case between author E. Jean Carroll and former President Donald Trump.

Bankman-Fried is charged with fraud and money laundering over his FTX Crypto Exchange empire, which was backed by Sequoia Capital, Insight Partners, and SoftBank, and was valued at a whopping $40 billion across both its U.S. and international operations. Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

As we wait for the trail to begin, my colleague Weiss has the details on the key players we can expect to see throughout the course of the trial, including Bankman-Fried's attorneys, Mark Cohen and Christian Everdell, who are both former federal prosecutors and have represented the likes of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Four of Bankman-Fried's close colleagues, who accepted plea deals and are working with the government, will likely testify in coming weeks.

In other SBF news...Michael Lewis' new book on Bankman-Fried and the FTX empire hits bookshelves today. An excerpt of the book, Going Infinite, was published in the Washington Post yesterday, which you can read here. I'm going to grab a copy and give it a review at some point in the near future.

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