Sam Bankman-Fried Lawyers Request Pre-Trial Release Once More

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Last Updated on September 11, 2023 by Bitfinsider

The internet in federal prison appears to be unreliable, forcing Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) legal team to renew their appeals for him to be released early so that he can better prepare for his future legal case.

Bankman-Fried’s lawyers said in a filing to a federal judge on Friday that their client is not being given appropriate access to the internet to analyse documents as part of his defence. After being brought into custody in the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Manhattan, the lawyers claim that they have “lost time to effectively prepare for trial” due to the jail’s circumstances.

This request follows a previous one made on September 5 that detailed several ways in which conditions at the correctional facility are impeding Bankman-Fried’s defence.

According to his lawyers, the government promised SBF access to a laptop on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., but those hours have yet to be provided in practise. On September 1, the lawyers claimed that SBF was summoned to his cell at 2:30 p.m. for a headcount, which took him four hours to prepare.

On another occasion, they said that SBF was not removed from his cell until 11 a.m. on September 6. Aside from being released late, the lawyers said SBF had limited internet access and wasted time simply trying to upload a single document to their database for discovery material.

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