• The US Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to revoke Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail, accusing him of witness tampering and leaking Caroline Ellison’s diary.
• DOJ alleges SBF used the encrypted messaging app Signal to tamper with witnesses and intimidate Caroline Ellison.
• Judge Lewis Kaplan now faces a challenging decision in light of the DOJ’s allegations.
DOJ Seeks Revocation of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Bail
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to revoke Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) bail, accusing him of witness tampering and leaking Caroline Ellison’s diary. SBF’s use of an encrypted messaging app, Signal, raises concerns about potential obstruction and intimidation of witnesses.
Allegations Against SBF
The recent court filing reveals that there may be more to the story than initially thought. The DOJ alleges that SBF made attempts to tamper with witnesses via email and Signal on January 15th, 2023 and accuses him of attempting to intimidate Caroline Ellison, his former romantic partner and colleague. It is also alleged that he made around 100 calls to a New York Times reporter which has raised concerns about potential witness tampering.
Judge Kaplan Faced With Difficult Decision
Judge Lewis Kaplan now faces a difficult decision in light of these new allegations. John Reed Stark, a former U.S Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Internet Enforcement chief noted that if SBF’s actions are deemed attempts to improperly influence witnesses, then Judge Kaplan may have no choice but to reevaluate or revoke the bail conditions entirely.
Basis for Revocation
The DOJ motion seeks revocation due two primary allegations against SBF: firstly that he attempted to tamper with or intimidate witnesses; secondly that he leaked Caroline Ellison’s diary to the media – specifically a reporter from the New York Times.
Potential Implications for Judge Kaplan
Judge Kaplan must weigh up whether or not allowing SBF remain free could have further implications for other cases dealing with similar offences in future should he choose not to take swift action against this alleged misconduct by revoking his bail conditions entirely or reevaluating them as necessary.