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Prosecutors seek to exclude Anthropic fundraising details in Bankman-Fried’s DOJ trial

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  • U.S. prosecutors urge barring FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried from discussing Anthropic’s recent fundraising in his defense, linking the $500 million investment to FTX customer funds.
  • Despite many agreed trial issues, discord over the Anthropic discussion remains, with prosecutors fearing it may mislead the jury regarding victim fund recovery, a claim deemed impermissible by the court.
  • Anthropic’s rising valuation amid talks with Amazon and a $2 billion fundraising could impact Bankman-Fried’s stake value, yet prosecutors insist on excluding arguments about recovering misappropriated FTX customer assets invested in Anthropic from the trial.

The ongoing courtroom saga involving FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried took a significant turn this Sunday. In a recent filing, prosecutors urged that any mention of the recent fundraising endeavors by artificial intelligence firm Anthropic should be strictly off-limits during Bankman-Fried’s defense against the charges levied by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The crux of the argument lies in the $500 million investment in Anthropic back in 2022, alleged by the DOJ to have come directly from customer funds.

The courtroom discourse has seen both parties reach a consensus on several issues pertaining to witness testimony during Bankman-Fried’s trial. However, the discourse regarding the Anthropic fundraise remains a point of contention. The DOJ stance is clear: unveiling the current value of Bankman-Fried’s investments could only serve to bolster the argument that FTX customers or other victims will eventually recover their losses, a notion the Court has dubbed an impermissible purpose.

Moreover, the DOJ has, in the past, sought to deter Bankman-Fried’s defense team from asserting that FTX creditors would recoup most or all of their funds. The indictment frames the defendant for committing wire fraud by diverting FTX customer deposits towards investments and various expenditures.

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The trial unfolds amid Anthropic’s escalating financial negotiations, including a notable agreement with Amazon potentially valued at $4 billion and ongoing discussions to raise an additional $2 billion. The financial landscape shifted when FTX acquired a stake in Anthropic, valued at $500 million, which came to light during the bankruptcy filing nearly a year ago. This stake, still held by the company’s bankruptcy trustee, has not yet been sold.

However, the U.S. prosecutors argue that any surge in Anthropic’s valuation, hence Bankman-Fried’s investment value, could potentially aid in recovering funds for FTX customers and other creditors involved in the FTX bankruptcy. This scenario, although beneficial for the creditors, presents a substantial risk of veering the jury’s focus, leading to unfair prejudice, confusion, undue delay, and a waste of trial time, according to U.S. prosecutors.

The government is unwavering in its indictment against Bankman-Fried, focusing on allegations of wire fraud concerning FTX customer deposits utilized for investments and other expenditures. The prosecutors stress that the profitability of investments is immaterial and irrelevant to the charges at hand. As the courtroom drama progresses, the stringent stand by the prosecutors underscores the meticulous approach adopted by the legal system, ensuring that the trial remains unswayed by external financial developments and sticks to addressing the core allegations.

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