- According to Reuters, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) will not face a second trial for his FTX fraud charges.
- Prosecutors cited a lack of new evidence and public interest in a swift resolution as reasons for dropping the retrial request.
- Bankman-Fried was found guilty in November 2023 on seven charges, including securities fraud, money laundering, and wire fraud.
- His sentencing for a potential maximum of over 100 years in prison is now on the horizon.
Sam Bankman-Fried’s case continues to make the news, even a year after his arrest.
According to these latest reports, US prosecutors have declared that SBF will not face a retrial for his crimes.
The prosecutors state that there is no new evidence to warrant a second trial and that the public interest expects the case to be resolved and shelved as quickly as possible.
SBF’s Journey Through The Courts
After a four-hour jury trial, SBF was found guilty on 3 November 2023, of seven charges of fraud.
The prosecuting party charged the former FTX boss with masterminding a plot to mislead investors and influence the crypto market.
These allegations ranged from securities fraud and money laundering conspiracy to commodities fraud, wire fraud, and securities fraud.
And according to the court, for each offence, he may be sentenced to up to 20 years in jail in addition to penalties and restitution.
SBF’s team refused to accept the court’s decision and pledged to file an appeal.
They claimed that biased witnesses, faulty evidence, and deceptive reasoning supported the prosecution’s case and that Bankman-Fried (SBF) is innocent, and was unfairly singled out by the government.
These arguments, however, have hit a dead end, when the request of the prosecuting counsel to block any more proceedings was approved on 29 December 2023 as reported by Reuters
The prosecutors claimed that all the valid evidence had been presented already and that there was no need to retry the case.
Additionally, they emphasized that hundreds of FTX victims were still waiting for justice and recompense and that there was no need to prolong things with a retrial
A Looming Sentence
Bankman-Fried is currently being held in detention until his sentence hearing, which is set for 28 March 2024.
Moreover, the court has also turned down his plea for an adjournment of four to six weeks, stating that the defence had consented to the original date and that SBF had already been granted one extension before.
Lewis Kaplan, the trial’s judge, has also voiced his disapproval of Bankman-Fried’s actions, noting that he showed no regret for his crimes or regard for the law.
He indicated that when determining the appropriate punishment, he would take into account the seriousness of the offences, the effect on the victims, and the necessity for deterrence.
Bankman-Fried currently faces more than a century in prison, along with hefty fines and restitution.
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