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It’s been a scary few days at the Sam Bankman-Fried trial. I’ve spent the week hovering around the Daniel Patrick Moynihan courthouse in Lower Manhattan, watching someone I first met three years ago, this month, stare down decades in jail.
How will this all play out? We’ll know soon enough, because a decision will probably come by the end of this week. In the meantime, Eriq Gardner—Puck’s resident legal ace and the author of The Rainmaker, which you must sign up for—and I decided to broadcast the play-by-play of what we saw.
The Democratic donor network Mind the Gap — probably best known these days because it was founded by Barbara Fried and heavily funded at times by, you guessed it, S.B.F.—is out with their first...
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Of course it was going to end like this. There’s never been a defendant quite like Sam Bankman-Fried, the until-recently mop-headed 31-year-old who stands accused of vaporizing billions of dollars in a sprawling financial fraud scheme, and so there would never be a...
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