As CZ Gets His Sentence, Michael Lewis Should Rewatch ‘Star Wars’

When movie rights for the book were shopped around Hollywood, the pitch letter said, as reported in 2022, that Lewis “likens [SBF and Binance’s Changpeng “CZ” Zhao] to the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader of crypto” – and it wasn’t hard to deduce that SBF was, in the “Big Short” author’s view, the good guy and CZ the bad guy.

Well, so much for that.

SBF got a quarter century in prison. CZ was just sentenced to four months, and the judge, when explaining why he wasn’t harsher on the former Binance CEO, said, “Everything I see about you and your characteristics are of a mitigating nature.” Also: “There’s no evidence that the defendant was ever informed” of illegal activity at Binance, the judge said.

Contrast that with what a judge told SBF when deciding the length of his prison stay: “The scale of his crimes is measured not just by the amount of money that was stolen, but by the extraordinary harm caused to victims, who in some cases had their life savings wiped out overnight.” Also, SBF never offered “a word of remorse for commission of terrible crimes.”

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