The Sam Bankman-Fried testimony that never was

After yesterday’s mock hearing, Judge Kaplan decided to only allow several parts of Bankman-Fried’s defense case to actually be heard by the jury.

This is great news for the jury’s ears. 

While Bankman-Fried sounded poised and professional under direct questioning by his own lawyer, cross-examination yielded a veritable word salad. And a very high-level word salad for someone who claims to never read books: 

For example, Bankman-Fried managed to use the word “contemporaneously” no less than six times. That would get him roughly 26 points in Scrabble.

Besides the fact that Bankman-Fried has clearly made use of a thesaurus in jail, the rest of his long-awaited first go at…

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