In this episode of Unchained, Laura does a detailed unpacking of the historic Sam Bankman-Fried trial and verdict with defense lawyer Sam Enzer and former Southern District of New York prosecutor Rich Cooper. They discuss what a thorough job the government did in presenting its case, whether the government will pursue a second trial on campaign finance charges, why it takes so long for sentencing to occur, what the differences between this case and the Bernie Madoff case are, and what Bankman-Fried’s likely sentence will be.
Show highlights |
- How the cross-examination of SBF showed to the jury that he was unreliable, according to Rich
- Why the charge conference with the jury is important to the prosecution for “protecting the record”
- Why the closing argument of the prosecutors was so effective
- What “conscious avoidance” is and how the prosecutors tried to prove that SBF was guilty of that
- Why SBF’s tweet last November that "FTX is fine" was the hardest part of the trial for the defense, according to Enzer
- Why Enzer wasn’t surprised by how quickly the jury made its decision
- What SBF’s strongest argument is for an appeal
- Why Enzer "hopes" that there won't be a second trial against SBF and whether he will plead guilty to the additional charges
- Why the sentencing occurs so many months after the verdict
- How this case is similar, but also different, from the Bernie Madoff case
- How many years SBF could spend in prison, according to Enzer and Cooper
- When cooperating witnesses such as Caroline Ellison, Nishad Singh, and Gary Wang are likely to get sentenced
Sam Enzer, partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.
Previous appearances on Unchained:
Rich Cooper, Former SDNY prosecutor
Previous coverage by Unchained on the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried:
Katie Haun’s thoughts on the sentencing
Unchained Podcast is Produced by Laura Shin Media, LLC. Distributed by CoinDesk. Senior Producer is Michele Musso and Executive Producer is Jared Schwartz.