• Sam Bankman-Fried has been subsisting on bread and water in prison due to a lack of vegan options.
• His lawyers reported that he had not received medication for 11 days in court.
• District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan issued an order allowing Bankman-Fried to meet with his lawyers daily.
Sam Bankman-Fried’s Diet and Medication Deprivation
Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced FTX founder, has reportedly only been eating bread and water in prison due to the lack of vegan options at his correctional facility. His lawyers told Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn that he hadn’t received any Adderall for 11 days and was only being served a „flesh diet“. Mark Cohen, one of Bankman-Fried’s attorneys, said this is making it difficult for him as he follows a vegan diet.
Sixth Amendment Violations
Christian Everdell, another of Bankman-Fried’s lawyers, also claimed that the FTX founder was dealing with “Sixth Amendment issues”. The Sixth Amendment states that anyone accused of a crime should have the right “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense”. Due to his situation in prison, Everdell argued that Bankman-Fired was unable to properly defend himself as he had limited access to discovery materials and no means by which to communicate his thoughts with counsel.
Judge Kaplan’s Order
District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan responded by issuing an order allowing Bankman-Fried to meet daily with his lawyers in the Southern District of New York courthouse according to Matthew Russell Lee from Inner City Press . This would ensure that Bankman-Fired could adequately prepare for trial while maintaining proper social distancing protocols during Covid times.
Charges Against Sam Bankman Fried
Bankman Fried faces charges related to alleged fraud involving customers‘ funds as well as illegal political donations if convicted could lead up over 100 years in prison .
This case serves as an example how difficult it can be for those accused or incarcerated persons who deviate from standard diets or medical treatments who may not receive these resources due to their circumstances can make defending themselves much more difficult than usual .