Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of the now-defunct FTX exchange, is set to attend his trial from jail after his lawyers’ request for temporary release was denied by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who cited the potential flight risk due to the severity of the charges and potential prison sentence. Bankman-Fried faces a statutory maximum of 110 years of jail time for seven counts of fraud-related offenses, with his trial commencing on October 3. Despite the challenges of preparing for trial from the Metropolitan Detention Center, the defense team will have the opportunity to meet with Bankman-Fried as early as 7 a.m. on most trial days. Interestingly, Judge Kaplan has granted a request for Bankman-Fried to appear in business attire during the trial days.
In a separate trial scheduled for March 2024, the former FTX boss will stand up against five additional counts. This series of trials marks a significant event in the cryptocurrency industry, with potential implications for the regulations and operations of crypto exchanges.
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