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Sam I Am

There’s never been a defendant quite like Sam Bankman-Fried.
There’s never been a defendant quite like Sam Bankman-Fried. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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 questioning, and grueling cross-examination, like the one that unfolded since last Thursday on the 26th floor of Daniel Patrick Moynihan courthouse in Lower Manhattan.