In a recent report, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has urged disqualifying all expert witnesses by crypto magnate Sam Bankman-Fried for his impending trial. The DOJ contends that these expert testimonies and disclosures must be revised, making their exclusion imperative.
Highlighting their concerns, the DOJ underscores that numerous disclosures fall short of presenting the experts’ core opinions. Furthermore, many fail to provide a solid foundation for these opinions, a crucial stipulation per the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 16.
Additionally, the DOJ‘s concerns continue since they assert that some disclosed opinions might be unfit for expert testimony, either lacking in sound methodology or simply being irrelevant, potentially skewing the jury’s perspective.
DOJ Challenges and Counter-Challenges Intensify
Among the experts are Lawrence Akka, Thomas Bishop, Brian Kim, and four other notable personalities from the legal sector. These experts were slated to share insights on various topics, from FTX and Alameda Research’s terms of service to the intricate nuances of blockchain technology.
However, the DOJ remains resolute as they are challenging Joseph Pimbley’s expertise on FTX’s code, citing it as unnecessary. They believe their witnesses, like former CTO Nishad Singh, can provide all required insights.
Bankman-Fried’s legal team ardently seeks his temporary release as the trial date approaches. They argue that current conditions could be more conducive to adequate trial preparations, especially after the legal team recently received four million pages of evidence, hence citing they need more time to prepare.
Furthermore, the DOJ has floated the idea of a Daubert hearing, a procedure to ascertain the admissibility of expert testimonies in an open court setting. Thus, as both sides brace for the trial, the unfolding legal drama showcases a myriad of maneuvers and counter-maneuvers, setting the stage for an intense courtroom battle.
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