Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried complains to court that vegan prison diet of ‘bread, water and peanut butter’ is ‘outrageous’ – and says he ‘can’t prepare for trial’ without access to computers and medication
Lawyers for FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried are claiming that the disgraced crypto founder is unable to prepare for his trial in jail without access to computers, medications and a ‘better diet’.
The disgraced vegan billionaire, 31, is being fed a ‘flesh diet’ of bread, water and peanut butter – which his lawyers said was ‘outrageous’.
His legal team also complained that the crypto whizz kid, who appeared in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday with his legs shackled together, was unable to prepare without his correct medication.
Bankman-Fried is being held in Brooklyn’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center after Judge Lewis Kaplan revoked his $250 million bail.
The judge had granted a request by prosecutors to jail Bankman-Fried after agreeing that the fallen cryptocurrency whiz had repeatedly tried to influence witnesses against him.
Jailed Sam Bankman-Fried is arguing that he cannot adequately prepare because of the conditions imposed n him inside of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center
The disgraced vegan billionaire, 31, is being fed a ‘flesh diet’ of bread, water and peanut butter – which his lawyers said was ‘outrageous’
His lawyers argued to Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, who presided over the August 22 hearing that he needed access to computers and medication to prepare properly.
Defense attorney Christian Everdell said that he was being denied the right to properly get ready for his trial because he could only review the millions of pages of evidence two days a week.
Another member of the team called his diet ‘outrageous’ and demanded that it was ‘remedied’, adding that he hadn’t had the right medication since he was jailed on August 12.
Judge Netburn declined to overrule Kaplan’s decision banning Bankman-Fried’s access to computers.
But she said the court would try to get the MDC to provide meds and a diet more closely aligned to the defendant’s vegan preferences.