New paperwork reveal prosecutors in Sam Bankman-Fried’s fraud trial are opposing his bid to make use of arguments concerning the US regulatory framework to fight his expenses.
In a brand new court docket submitting, the federal government says the previous FTX chief govt shouldn’t be capable of argue that he’s harmless as a result of FTX was “not regulated in the USA and he adopted the principles with respect to FTX US.”
“The Authorities beforehand moved to preclude such [an] argument as irrelevant, and extra prejudicial and complicated than probative beneath Federal Rule of Proof 403. The defendant opposed the movement.”
In accordance with the defendant, the legal guidelines – or absence of them – are related as a result of they’d set up whether or not he technically misappropriated funds or not.
Bankman-Fried suggests there aren’t any particular legal guidelines that prohibit crypto exchanges from utilizing customer-deposited funds for their very own functions.
However prosecutors say Bankman-Fried’s argument is finally irrelevant, and will confuse the jury.
“The defendant first argues that the existence of legal guidelines or rules prohibiting the usage of funds is related as to if ‘the funds had been in truth misappropriated.’ To show misappropriation, the federal government should set up that the defendant fraudulently appropriated for his personal use the cash ‘entrusted to [his] care by one other.’
Whereas the existence of a regulation could be related to ascertain a statutory responsibility of care, the absence of regulation shouldn’t be related as to if cash was, in truth, entrusted to the defendant’s care by his victims. [Any] proof or argument concerning the absence of regulation is simply more likely to confuse the jury into believing that there should be a regulation imposing an obligation for misappropriation to have occurred…
Moreover, the Authorities alleges that the defendant not simply misappropriated buyer cash, however made materials misrepresentations to clients. The putative ‘absence of clearly relevant legal guidelines or rules’ is irrelevant as to if the defendant made materials misstatements or omissions.”
Bankman-Fried’s trial is coming into its second day. He faces a number of a long time behind bars.
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