Sam Bankman-Fried's countdown has begun: The confined ex-CEO has about 125 hours left to play video games and use his phone

Quick Take

  • Sam Bankman-Fried has a few more days to use his smartphone and play video games after a judge agreed to delay implementing his stricter bail terms until Tuesday.
  • The former FTX CEO will trade in his phone and laptop for new, heavily monitored models next week.

Sam Bankman-Fried has a few more days to use a smartphone and play video games before the government locks him in what experts are calling the legal equivalent of a “Faraday box.” 

A judge granted Bankman-Fried’s request to delay implementing his new bail terms until next week, which include strict conditions on his internet and electronic use. 

Once the new rules are in place, Bankman-Fried will have to hand over his smartphone to his lawyers in exchange for a new phone that can’t access the internet. He’ll trade in his laptop for a new, heavily monitored model that’s been customized to only allow access to certain websites. Approved sites include his lawyers’ website, Uber Eats and Spotify. 

An avid gamer before his arrest, Bankman-Fried will also be banned from using video games that permit chat or voice communication.

“He's under an electronic microscope at full magnification,” said Anthony Sabino, a law professor at St. John's University. “That is in essence the government constructing a Faraday box around SBF to cut off all electronic means of communication.”

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