Sam Bankman-Fried intends to argue he was acting in “good faith” in loaning funds to FTX and Alameda executives, in setting Signal messages to auto-delete and in setting up a set of North American entities because he was following the advice of lawyers, including law firm Fenwick & West.
The FTX founder’s defense team published a letter Wednesday detailing his planned “advice of counsel” strategy, saying he would produce evidence that both in-house and Fenwick attorneys “were involved in reviewing and approving decisions related to these matters.”
“Evidence of the defendant’s reliance on counsel is relevant to the question of intent and is not limited to situations where the defense can establish that the defendant formally sought out the advice of counsel, received legal advice, and followed the advice given,” the letter said.
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