FTX's Former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Denied Request for Prolonged Sentencing Process

by Jared Kirui
  • This denial happens amid the possibility of a second trial against Bankman-Fried.
  • SBF's defense team has requested an extension of four to six weeks for his sentencing.
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The legal tussle surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the Former CEO of FTX, intensified after a federal judge denied his defense team's plea for an extended sentencing process. This decision occurred amid a looming second trial following SBF's recent conviction on charges of fraud and conspiracy.

As initially reported by Coindesk, SBF's defense team had sought an extension of four to six weeks for his sentencing. The team emphasized a potential second trial slated for March 11, which could impact the pending sentencing scheduled for March 28.

SBF's Defense Team Wants All Charges Resolved

SBF's defense team sought to delay the sentencing and pre-sentencing interview with the US Probation and Pretrial Services System, citing the need to resolve all charges before initiating the process.

However, Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the plea, highlighting that the defense did not initially contest the date of March 28. According to the court documents, Kaplan, overseeing the case in the Southern District of New York, underlined the importance of proceeding with the pre-sentencing interview. He stated that the defendant had adequate time for preparation.

The judge's decision is crucial regarding the impending second trial on bank fraud and conspiracy charges related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. These unresolved legal aspects add complexity to SBF's sentencing, potentially causing further delays depending on the Department of Justice's decision to pursue the second trial.

Pre-sentencing Interview to Proceed as Planned

Kaplan mentioned: "The defendant's application, dated December 20, 2023, to adjourn the sentencing data and to postpone the dates for the first and second disclosures of the PSR is denied."

"The sentencing data was fixed without objection from the defendant. The defendant already has been granted one extension for the filing of sentencing submissions. The defendant already has had over six weeks in which to prepare for the pre-sentencing interview, which shall take place tomorrow as scheduled."

Last month, a jury in New York delivered a unanimous guilty verdict on all seven counts of fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering charges against SBF.

Each conviction results in a substantial sentence, amounting to a staggering total of 115 years. The downfall of this industry icon has left the crypto community stunned, marking a significant blow to FTX, the now-bankrupt exchange he managed.

The unraveling of SBF's empire led to testimonies against him from former associates, including Caroline Ellison, the Former CEO of Alameda Research, and high-ranking executives from FTX who pleaded guilty to related charges.

The legal tussle surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the Former CEO of FTX, intensified after a federal judge denied his defense team's plea for an extended sentencing process. This decision occurred amid a looming second trial following SBF's recent conviction on charges of fraud and conspiracy.

As initially reported by Coindesk, SBF's defense team had sought an extension of four to six weeks for his sentencing. The team emphasized a potential second trial slated for March 11, which could impact the pending sentencing scheduled for March 28.

SBF's Defense Team Wants All Charges Resolved

SBF's defense team sought to delay the sentencing and pre-sentencing interview with the US Probation and Pretrial Services System, citing the need to resolve all charges before initiating the process.

However, Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the plea, highlighting that the defense did not initially contest the date of March 28. According to the court documents, Kaplan, overseeing the case in the Southern District of New York, underlined the importance of proceeding with the pre-sentencing interview. He stated that the defendant had adequate time for preparation.

The judge's decision is crucial regarding the impending second trial on bank fraud and conspiracy charges related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. These unresolved legal aspects add complexity to SBF's sentencing, potentially causing further delays depending on the Department of Justice's decision to pursue the second trial.

Pre-sentencing Interview to Proceed as Planned

Kaplan mentioned: "The defendant's application, dated December 20, 2023, to adjourn the sentencing data and to postpone the dates for the first and second disclosures of the PSR is denied."

"The sentencing data was fixed without objection from the defendant. The defendant already has been granted one extension for the filing of sentencing submissions. The defendant already has had over six weeks in which to prepare for the pre-sentencing interview, which shall take place tomorrow as scheduled."

Last month, a jury in New York delivered a unanimous guilty verdict on all seven counts of fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering charges against SBF.

Each conviction results in a substantial sentence, amounting to a staggering total of 115 years. The downfall of this industry icon has left the crypto community stunned, marking a significant blow to FTX, the now-bankrupt exchange he managed.

The unraveling of SBF's empire led to testimonies against him from former associates, including Caroline Ellison, the Former CEO of Alameda Research, and high-ranking executives from FTX who pleaded guilty to related charges.

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