The DOJ Wants to Stop the Testimony of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Expert Witnesses

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Last Updated on August 29, 2023 by Bitfinsider

On August 28, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a motion to bar all seven of Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried’s expert witnesses from testifying in court.

The DOJ contends in the request that Bankman-Fried’s suggested experts and the disclosures that go with them “suffer from an array of deficiencies,” which it believes justifies their exclusion from the trial.

It went on to add that most of the disclosures lack a basis for the opinions, which is required by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16 and that some “fail at the most basic level” to portray the expert’s conclusions. “Where the defendant does disclose the expert’s opinions, the opinions are inappropriate subjects for expert testimony, lack a reliable methodology or basis in facts and data, or are irrelevant, unfairly prejudicial, and confusing to the jury,” the DOK added.

It further claims that the planned experts’ legal conclusions would go beyond the scope of both the court and the jury. The DOJ requested that the court use its “gatekeeping authority” to stop such expert testimony.

The seven witnesses being considered right now are all legal experts: Lawrence Akka, Thomas Bishop, Brian Kim, Joseph Pimbley, Bradley Smith, Peter Vinella, and Andrew Di Wu.

Bankman-Fried’s counsel claim that on August 25, the DOJ obtained new evidence against him, which included four million more pages of discovery. Less than six weeks before his scheduled trial on October 3rd, this information was made public.

The attorney for the DOJ declared on August 8 that seven accusations would be brought against Bankman-Fried in the impending trial in October. In the trial, a wire fraud charge was made against him, and evidence supporting his allegedly illicit campaign fundraising scheme was presented.

In order to prepare for the future criminal trial after the DOJ released the millions of papers, SBF’s attorneys are currently advocating for a temporary release from the detention facility. They believe the “extraordinary accommodations” granted were insufficient.

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