SBF Unhappy About Prison Diet, Pleads Not Guilty

Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried once again asserts his innocence in the US federal court. He now claims that the prison food is hindering his preparation for the upcoming October trial.

“The former billionaire was led into court wearing leg restraints and a beige-colored uniform for his first appearance since his bail was revoked on Aug 11,” the report states.

Poor Prison Food Hampers SBF’s Trial Preparations

An Aug. 22 report states that SBF is surviving on a diet of “bread and water” in prison. It has been almost two weeks since the court revoked SBF’s bail on Aug. 11 for alleged witness tampering.

Despite his request for a vegan diet, the report indicates that the “lack of adequate food and medication” in prison is impeding SBF’s trial preparation efforts.

Facing new charges that he violated US campaign finance laws, SBF entered a “not guilty” plea. These accusations followed claims that SBF invested more than $100 million to support certain politicians, aiming to secure victories for pro-crypto industry candidates.

Reportedly, after the hearing, SBF sought maternal support:

“After the hearing, Bankman-Fried spoke to his mother, Stanford Law School Professor Barbara Fried, across the low partition between the courtroom well and the galley.”

To learn more about the downfall of FTX, read BeInCrypto’s guide: FTX Collapse Explained: How Sam Bankman-Fried’s Empire Fell

Intensity Increases as October Trial Approaches

SBF and his lawyers are seemingly working hard to get ready for the October trial.

Recently, his lawyers asked the judge to let SBF stay out of jail on weekdays so they could focus on building his defense, but the judge denied the request.

However, on Aug. 22, SBF was granted a short 6.5 hour release from prison, from 8.30am to 3pm. During this time he was under supervision in a courtroom with his lawyers to prepare for the upcoming trial.

This comes amid US prosecutors providing guidelines for the jury on how to approach the upcoming trial.

The jury was instructed to treat each of the seven charges differently. Furthermore, they were requested to not let their verdict on one charge sway the decision on any of the remaining six charges.

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