(CNN) Using a flip phone, or a non-smartphone, is one of many restrictions that prosecutors and Sam Bankman-Fried’s attorneys are jointly asking the judge to approve.
The lawyers have been working on the concerns of Judge Lewis Kaplan, who said he could “possibly” revoke Bankman-Fried’s bail after discovering there was a “threat” of witness tampering.
The crypto entrepreneur contacted former FTX general counsel and used a virtual private network, or VPN, days after the judge said he wanted to restrict the use of encrypted devices.
Bankman-Fried was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy and fraud in what prosecutors say is one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history. He pleaded not guilty to charges that he misused client money in FTX to support the related hedge fund Alameda Research, make venture investments and donate to political campaigns to influence policy.
Bankman-Fried was released on $250 million bail and is confined to the home of his parents, law professors at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California.
Under the proposal, Bankman-Fried’s new laptop will be “configured so that it can only log on to the Internet through the use of specified VPNs, and that the VPNs only allow the defendant to access websites that are whitelisted through the VPNs.” ” .”
Among the websites are programs he could use to prepare his defense, including Zoom, Microsoft Office, Python and Adobe Acrobat. Monitoring tools would also be installed on his laptop and he would be banned from purchasing electronic devices.
Bankman-Fried would also be restricted from browsing the internet, with his access restricted to court-approved websites. The lawyers suggested several sites to prepare his defense, including YouTube, read-only crypto pricing websites, and research websites. Bankman-Fried also asked to view others for personal use, including news sites, Netflix, Spotify, Uber Eats, Amazon, and baseball and football sites.
The judge previously expressed concern about Bankman-Fried’s access to his parents’ computers, mobile phones and internet. Lawyers suggested that the parents sign affidavits saying they will not let their son use their devices, which would be password protected. In addition, each device would have software that would take photos or videos of the user.
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