Jan 30, 2023 - Economy & Business

Judge approves unsealing identities of ex-FTX CEO's additional guarantors

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A New York federal judge ruled on Monday that the identities of the two individuals putting up collateral for former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried's bail bond (in addition to his parents) should be unsealed, pending any appeals.

Why it matters: Several news organizations asked the court to unseal their identities, arguing it's in the public's interest.

What they're saying: "[T]he information sought — i.e., the names of bail sureties — traditionally is public information. The non-parental bail sureties have entered voluntarily into a highly publicized criminal proceeding by signing the Individual Bonds," writes the judge.

Flashback: Bankman-Fried was released on a $250 million bond last month, with his parents house in Palo Alto, Calif. as part of the collateral.

The other side: Lawyers for Bankman-Fried had originally asked that their identities be kept private for their safety and security.

Details: Parties have until 5pm on Feb. 7 to file any objections to the decision. If there are any, they'll have until Feb. 14 to apply to the Court of Appeals to further stay the decision.

  • The two individuals signed their bond sureties on Jan. 25 and 27, for $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.
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