The First Day of the SBF Trial Was Like Crypto Prom

“I’ve never seen the courthouse like this.”

So muttered an experienced member of the press just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday as we stood outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, where the trial of fallen crypto titan Sam Bankman-Fried was set to begin….


As some other writers remarked, the SBF trial felt like the first day of school. While waiting to access the media overflow room, I spotted practically anyone and everyone who’s had something to say about decentralized currency over the last few years. There was Zeke Faux, the Bloomberg investigative reporter and SBF interviewer who’d recently published his first book, Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall; there was Tiffany Fong, the YouTuber and crypto-fraud exposer who’d earned SBF’s ear; there was Laura Shin, the pioneering crypto journalist and founder of the Unchained media network. (And hey! There was Slate contributor and Ben McKenzie collaborator Jacob Silverman.)

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