News - SBF squabbles with Justice Department over its laptop

By Mike Hesp

SBF squabbles with Justice Department over its laptop

His lawyers had asked for his release from prison on the grounds that his working conditions were too bad. His trial begins in October.

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF for short), once America's great crypto star and billionaire, is now fighting in court with the Justice Department over access to his laptop. That reports Coindesk.

SBF is in custody in Brooklyn, New York. His defense has filed a complaint that he cannot work on his trial preparation because of prison conditions. He would therefore should be released.

The bone of contention: his laptop. Poor Internet connection and a bad battery prevent him from working properly.

The handling judge, Lewis Kaplan, requested a report on the matter and filed it on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2023.

According to the report, the Internet line is 34 MB and SBF was given a battery that lasts eight hours. He is allowed 11.5 hours on the laptop during the week and 7 hours on weekends and holidays.

The criminal case against Sam Bankman-Fried will begin in October 2023.

Prosecutors call the collapse of his crypto exchange FTX "one of the most serious financial scandals in US history." He is facing up to 115 years of imprisonment await.

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