With federal prosecutors set to wrap up their case this week, Bankman-Fried’s legal team will be searching for some way to change the momentum. While taking the stand in one’s own defense is usually considered too perilous a step to leave to chance, the state of the trial, plus Bankman-Fried’s limited options, point toward testifying as his best shot, lawyers said.
“Under the current state of play, unless Sam does something dramatic, he is almost certainly going to be convicted,” said Evan Barr, a former federal prosecutor and partner at the law firm Reed Smith.
Bankman-Fried’s likely hope would be that his testimony in the least wins over a couple of jurors, leading to a hung jury, Barr said.
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