Sam Bankman-Fried wants to ask potential jurors in his upcoming fraud trial if they could “completely ignore” the fact that he has ADHD, which could affect his “physical demeanor” in court.
The query and other unusual ones were proposed by Bankman-Fried, 31, as he and prosecutors posed possible screening questions to help them choose a jury panel for his Oct. 2 trial in Manhattan federal court.
The shaggy-haired cryptocurrency mogul wants to tell jurors that his ADHD “could affect things like your physical behavior, body language, or eye contact,” and wants to further investigate whether they have never been personally or professionally exposed to it. disorder.
“Could you completely ignore [his ADHD] If you were a juror in this case? and had never previously been exposed to the condition, the proposed questionnaire says.
Bankman-Fried, founder of the now-defunct crypto exchange FTX, also wants to ask potential jurors about a philosophical movement called “effective altruism” that he and his brother Gabe have championed that focuses on finding the best ways to help. to others.
Specifically, the alleged crypto criminal wants to know if he opposes the concept of “accumulating wealth to support causes to improve the world” and if anything he heard about the movement would prevent him from being fair at trial.
Sam Bankman-Fried wants to ask potential jurors if his ADHD would affect the fairness of the trial.REUTERS
Meanwhile, the questions proposed by prosecutors were much more run-of-the-mill, including wanting to ask potential jurors whether they have ever invested in cryptocurrencies and what they think about digital assets and the industry.
Ultimately, the judge will decide which questions to include in the final jury questionnaire.
Bankman-Fried’s ADHD has come up several times in recent months as he asked a judge to order the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he is locked up awaiting trial, to provide him with medication for the condition so he can better prepare for the judgment.
Bankman-Fried also wants to ask the jurors if they oppose a philosophy he follows called Effective Altruism.REUTERS
He was jailed last month after he allegedly leaked the diary of his ex-girlfriend and business partner Caroline Ellison, which prosecutors said amounted to witness tampering, as she accepted a plea deal and is expected to testify against him. in the trial.
Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to charges that she misappropriated billions of client funds to live large amounts and support sketchy investments in FTX-linked hedge fund Alameda Research.
The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and a representative for Bankman-Fried declined to comment Tuesday.