Sep 18, 2023

CoinDesk's global policy and regulation managing editor Nikhilesh De breaks down FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried's proposed jury questions ranging from standard queries about whether potential jurors were familiar with the case, to more specific questions about whether they knew people with ADHD.

Video transcript

Now Fried's team. Uh in addition to, you know, some standard questions about, you know, were you familiar with FTX et cetera, also asked or proposed asking a number of questions that really went, you know, in the Do J's view far too deeply into, you know, how aware they were of FTX and crypto, how, where they were of some of these other things. And then, you know, also to the uh what the do said is, you know, not, right. The defense asked a number of questions about effective altruism and political donations and lobbying that they felt were really trying to kind of, you know, prime the uh potential jurors to uh you know, basically prime them on the defense, what the defense plans to argue. And so they said that, you know, those questions are also inappropriate. Do, do we have any specific exam? What, what are your, did, did you see any of the questions yourself? Any fun questions that uh may have been asked? Yeah. No. So these questions were, you know, shared uh about early last week, actually about a week ago and a lot of them were just kind of, you know, uh do you think, or how do you feel about, you know, raising money to donate it or how do you feel about, uh, you know, political donations, things like that? So, you know, you can kind of see how, uh, the way those are phrased, you know, could be seen as leading the potential jurors, right? Uh It's not a question of, you know, how do you feel about massive sums of money being raised or whatever? It's just straight up, like, you know, how do you feel about this particular action that by the way happens to be, uh, you know, the philosophy that the effect of altruism movement abides by or claims to abide by?

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