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Judge blocks Bankman-Fried’s attempt to obtain key documents in fraud prosecution: Report

Published 06/23/2023, 03:30 PM
Updated 06/25/2023, 05:00 PM

Sam Bankman-Fried, the co-founder of FTX, has been denied his request to obtain documents from a Silicon Valley law firm, Fenwick & West LLP, as part of his defense strategy in his ongoing federal fraud case, Bloomberg reported. Bankman-Fried had hoped to use thes documents to support his claim that he relied on legal advice while engaging in the activities for which he is currently facing prosecution.

In a recent development, Bankman-Fried’s legal team approached the judge overseeing the case, urging the prosecution to hand over the documents obtained from Fenwick & West or to allow them to be obtained directly through a subpoena. However, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the request, calling it a "fishing expedition” that would not be justified.

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