Greetings from Washington, where I now live, and where we’ll see a bunch of Puck subscribers and fans tomorrow at a party we’re throwing at the French Ambassador’s residence.
Today, I’ve invited Eriq Gardner to trade notes, read tea leaves and make predictions about the legal elements of the federal case against Sam Bankman-Fried. We chat about the legal risk facing Sam’s parents and brother, a new theory as to what federal investigators are probing in Puerto Rico, and whether Ryan Salame is in talks to plead guilty, too. If you’re a lawyer, or frankly just love legal scoops about celebrities and media figures, make sure to sign up for Eriq’s private email, The Rainmaker, here.
But first, a few fundraising notes...
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|Longtime readers know that I have been obsessing over the campaign-finance dimension of the federal case against Sam Bankman-Fried. And I’m even worse in private: Ever since S.B.F.’s arrest, I’ve been consulting my partner Eriq Gardner, Puck’s resident legal expert, who has a far richer understanding of the pre-trial issues and defense strategy. Eriq and I chatted about the legal risk facing Gabe Bankman-Fried, the odds that Sam himself strikes a plea deal before his October trial, and whether or not the lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell have any power when running parallel to the mighty Department of Justice...