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Sam Bankman-Fried Seeks Bail Condition Exemption for “Close Friends”

Sam Bankman-Fried Wants Exemption for “Close Friends”

  • Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX, has requested an extension to his bail conditions to allow his “close friends” to visit him without undergoing security checks.
  • Currently, only Bankman-Fried’s lawyers and employees of his contracted law firm are exempt from the checks.
  • The lawyers have submitted a list of “close friends and colleagues of Bankman-Fried’s parents and household help” who they believe should be exempt from the security measures.
  • The list was filed under seal, with the lawyers arguing for the privacy and safety of those mentioned.

Bail Conditions and Restrictions

  • As part of his bail conditions, Bankman-Fried is only allowed to use a laptop restricted to court-approved sites and has a phone with no internet access.
  • He has been living at his parent’s house in Palo Alto, California since being granted bail in December 2022.
  • A trial for the charges against Bankman-Fried is scheduled to begin on Oct. 2, with some charges split into a second trial in March 2024.

Hot Take: Bankman-Fried’s Friends Get Special Treatment

Sam Bankman-Fried is pushing for an extension to his bail conditions, allowing his “close friends” to visit him without undergoing security checks. While his lawyers and employees already enjoy this privilege, Bankman-Fried believes his inner circle should also be exempt. It remains to be seen whether the court will grant his request, but it seems like Bankman-Fried’s friends are getting some special treatment in this case. Time will tell if this move will work in his favor during the upcoming trial.


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