A U.S. District judge rejected Sam Bankman-Fried’s request to modify his bail terms and cancel a Thursday hearing on the issue, according to court documents filed on Tuesday.
Bankman-Fried agreed this week to stop using encrypted or ephemeral messaging apps like Signal after prosecutors accused him of using the technology to contact a potential witness in his criminal case and sought modifications to his bail terms.
Judge Lewis Kaplan denied Bankman-Fried’s motion to amend his bail and cancel oral arguments on the matter later this week. A Thursday hearing will go forward, according to the judge’s order.
The former FTX boss said in a court filing that he would stay off encrypted or ephemeral messaging apps, but Bankman-Fried's proposal would have allowed him to use most other messaging platforms, including phone calls, iMessage, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, with some restrictions.
Bankman-Fried is facing a litany of criminal charges tied to his alleged mishandling of customer funds at his crypto exchange FTX and trading firm Alameda Research.
Disclaimer: The former CEO and majority shareholder of The Block has disclosed a series of loans from former FTX and Alameda founder Sam Bankman-Fried.
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