Sam Bankman-Fried Will Testify in His Own Trial. It’s a Legal Hail Mary
By: Joel Khalili and Amanda Hoover
October 25, 2023
To an extent, however, Bankman-Fried was left with little choice but to defy conventional wisdom and take the stand. The weight of the evidence laid out by cooperating witnesses, each of whom spoke to their own guilt, means a Hail Mary approach is the only option the defense has left, says Daniel Silva, a former prosecutor and attorney at law firm Buchalter. “It doesn’t seem like he has any other cards to play. It’s high-risk, and possibly very minimal reward,” says Silva. “It seems like there’s really nothing else for him to do at this point than testify and try to explain it away.”
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