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Will Michael Lewis Testify for S.B.F.?

Sam Bankman-Fried’s trial has entered its second week.
Sam Bankman-Fried’s trial has entered its second week. Photo: Ed Jones/Getty Images

As the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried enters its second week, Puck partners Eriq Gardner and Teddy Schleifer exchanged notes on the view from inside the courtroom, the jury response to the prosecution and defense, and who might be next to testify as the FTX saga moves toward an historic conclusion. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

Eriq Gardner: Well, the Bankman-Fried trial is finally underway, and my most frequent thought as I’ve sat in the courtroom has been, Oh man, this all happened so damn quickly. I think I’ve got food in my refrigerator that’s older than many of the events being described in testimony. Remember, FTX was only founded in 2019; S.B.F. was arrested a little more than three years later. I was surprised, last December, when prosecutors brought charges just a month after FTX’s collapse, and now we’re a few weeks away from a verdict. It’s not a long period of time to go from being Dale Carnegie, winning friends and influencing people, to facing up to 115 years in prison. Teddy, you’ve written more than most on S.B.F.—what’s the trial been like for you?