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SBF Lawyers Challenge Claims of Sufficient Internet Access

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) refutes claims of having adequate internet access for legal discovery.
  • Despite prosecutors' assertions, SBF's lawyers argue the internet connection is too slow for effective work.
  • The slow connection allegedly hindered SBF's ability to review evidence, limiting his access to one document in 5 hours.
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Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) has once more contested his internet access following recent confirmation by prosecutors that they had established sufficient internet and laptop access.

As we feared, the current plan does not work in practice,” SBF’s lawyers declared in a court filing. 

SBF Declares That Prison Internet Access Is Intolerable

In a recent letter addressed to Judge Lewis Kaplan, SBF’s legal team disagreed with the prosecutors’ claim that he presently has adequate internet connectivity in prison to review evidence before his impending fraud trial.

Prosecutors had previously claimed that they had performed numerous internet connectivity checks within the prison facilities to verify there is an appropriate speed. They stated in a recent court filing although the internet speed varied in the late afternoon, all three internet speeds are sufficient for most internet review activities:

“During the morning and early afternoon, the download transfer rate was recorded at 34 Mbps. During the late afternoon, the download transfer rate was recorded at 7.5 Mbps.”

However, SBF’s legal team vehemently disagreed.

“The internet connection was so slow that it took 10 minutes for the home page to load,” they allege. They also explained that it is causing significant challenges in SBF’s efforts to review evidence.

The filing further stated:

“By 1:00pm –1 1⁄2 hours later – Mr. Bankman-Fried was only able to load one document from the database to review. Effectively, Mr. Bankman-Fried had no access to the internet for the entire 5-hour period.”

SBF Lawyers’ Ongoing Prison Release Efforts

SBF’s lawyers argue that despite the prosecutor’s efforts, a solution to internet access in the cellblock remains elusive.

They allege that it means SBF lacks the means to review and search documents through the discovery database before the upcoming trial.

This follows numerous efforts by SBF’s legal team to secure his release from prison or arrange weekend confinement. This would allow him to allocate more time to prepare for his defense ahead of the trial.

Kaplan has declined full temporary release but has granted SBF dedicated time to use a restricted laptop on weekdays. Bankman-Fried also has less restricted access on weekends within the prison premises.

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Ciaran Lyons
Ciaran is a cryptocurrency journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He particularly enjoys writing about CBDC developments and the practical implementations of cryptocurrency in real-world scenarios.