Lawyers representing the former CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), have passionately advocated for better treatment for their client while being remanded in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).
SBF Attorneys Raise Concerns for SBF’s Diet
One of the most pressing issues brought to the forefront is Bankman-Fried’s struggle to adhere to his vegan diet. Mark Cohen, Bankman-Fried’s lawyer revealed that the MDC lacks sufficient vegan options, forcing him to survive on a meager diet consisting mainly of bread, peanut butter, and water.
Another area of concern is Bankman-Fried’s access to prescription medication. His lawyers asserted that he has been unable to receive his ADHD medication since he arrived in prison. This situation not only raises medical concerns for his health but also potentially affects his ability to participate effectively in his legal defense.
Impediments to SBF’s Trial Preparation
Bankman-Fried’s legal team also addressed the impediments his detention posed to his trial preparation, pointing out the Sixth Amendment concerns. The team highlighted that since his remand on August 11, there has been a lack of access to discovery materials for 11 days, a particularly significant period given that his first trial is set for October 2.
The voluminous nature of the evidence that needs to be reviewed online and the limited solutions provided by the prison administration further exacerbate the situation.
In response to these concerns, Judge Kaplan granted Bankman-Fried a one-time discharge on August 22. He was only authorized to use one internet-enabled laptop connected to one WiFi device.
Bankman-Fried Offered Limited Access to Court
In the latest development of Bankman-Fried’s legal journey, his legal team reported that an offer had been extended to him, enabling him to physically visit the New York courthouse twice a week.
Under the terms of this offer, Bankman-Fried would have a six-hour window, from 9 am to 3 pm, to interact with his legal team. However, the conditions set for communication during these visits reveal a substantial barrier.
Bankman-Fried would only be granted access to a pencil and paper, and any communication between him and his lawyers would require him to write his thoughts and messages and press them against a glass barrier that separates them.