A pregnant physician’s assistant, a train conductor and a retired investment banker are reportedly among the 12 individuals who will eventually decide on the fate of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
As per a report from Cointelegraph’s on-the-ground reporter Ana Paula Pereira, the 12 jurors were narrowed down from a list of 45 on Oct. 4, the second day of trial in Manhattan.
The potential jurors were each given a minute to introduce themselves by sharing their background, age, employment, education, relationship history and children.
Pereira noted that one prospective juror said his wife worked for a law firm that provided services to FTX in the past — though it isn’t clear whether he was selected.
One prospective juror was reportedly excused after revealing she worked for a firm that invested in FTX and Alameda Research, according to Matthew Russell Lee from Inner City Press.
District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan then discussed jury selection with the prosecutors and Bankman-Fried’s defense lawyers before revealing the final 12 jury members about 15 minutes later.
Scenes from outside New York’s Supreme Court — a short walk away from where Bankman-Fried’s fraud trial is being held. Source: Cointelegraph
As per Oct. 4 reports from Bloomberg and TechCrunch, the final list of jurors shows the panel will be female-dominated, comprising nine women and three men.
Their ages range from the early 30s to the late 60s, and their professions span various industries, including health, financial, legal, IT and education. Five of them are university-educated. The full list of jurors is below:
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After the jury members were selected, a 15-minute opening statement was delivered by the prosecutors and defense. Testimonies from Marc Julliard, a Coca broker who lost about $80,000 to FTX, and Adam Yedidia, Bankman-Fried’s former close friend, were then heard before Judge Kaplan called it a day.
Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial is expected to take place over six weeks. He is facing seven fraud-related charges for his role as CEO in FTX’s shock collapse in November.
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