Legal professionals for Sam Bankman-Fried have denied that he tried to intimidate witnesses in his felony trial by speaking to New York Instances reporters and argued there isn’t any motive to jail him.

In an Aug. 1 letter to Choose Lewis Kaplan, Bankman-Fried’s legal professionals claimed the prosecution’s try to revoke his bail and have him detained are “extraordinarily skinny” and closely depend on assumptions and innuendo.

They added Bankman-Fried’s contact with a New York Instances reporter was not an try to intimidate former Alameda Analysis CEO Caroline Ellison or taint the jury pool and it was not sufficient to justify his detainment forward of the trial. 

Bankman-Fried’s contact with reporters was a “correct train of his rights to make honest touch upon an article already in progress, for which the reporter already had alternate sources,” the legal professionals argued.

On July 28, the US Division of Justice (DOJ) sought to revoke Bankman-Fried’s bail alleging his transfer to share Ellison’s diary with The New York Instances was an try to harass and intimidate her. Ellison is predicted to testify towards SBF in his felony trial which is scheduled to happen in October this yr. 

Bankman-Fried’s legal professionals as an alternative advised that it was the federal government who shared Ellison’s diary with the New York Instances saying it was implausible the federal government had nothing to do with the article.

“The language of the story itself, which discusses when the Authorities will start getting ready its trial witnesses and describes paperwork that weren’t offered to the reporter by Mr. Bankman-Fried, strongly signifies it was a supply,” the legal professionals stated.

This can be a growing story, and additional info will likely be added because it turns into obtainable.