Ford O'Brien Landy LLP partner Kevin J. O’Brien weighs in on the possibility for Sam Bankman-Fried's defense team to be granted an appeal after the FTX founder was found guilty in a New York City courtroom on Thursday night.
On the surface, it, it doesn't appear very likely that Mr Cohen is a very able lawyer and he's got a lot of experience. He's got a very good firm behind him and they will come up with some issues. But on the face of it, there doesn't seem to be much for them to work with. Here, trial was very well tried by the government. I have to concede that reluctantly. And um there were some issues, there were some rulings made by the court that can be questioned, uh such as Kaplan's decision to keep out all that expert testimony. Um Some of the, some of that can be justified however, and in any case, expert testimony isn't usually uh that important in the larger scheme of things in a criminal case. In fact, you rarely see defendants call experts. Um So that issue is gonna be raised. I'm not sure it's a material one though that would sway an appeals court.