Sam Bankman-Fried’s lawyers request their client be allowed to wear ‘business attire’ at trial
Sam Bankman-Fried usually wore FTX T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers at the height of his powers. His more recent attire has consisted of beige prison garb.
Sam Bankman-Fried‘s lawyers have moved to dress him in “business attires” for his defense scheduled to start on Oct. 3.
In a Sept. 26 letter to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, the lawyers requested that the Court order the U.S. authorities to allow Bankman-Fried to be dressed in business attire while he is in Courtroom 26A for his criminal trial.
The lawyers further urged the Court to direct the United States Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons Metropolitan Detention Center to accept and help Bankman-Fried maintain certain articles of business attire clothing, including three suits (consisting of slacks and jackets), four dress shirts, three ties, one belt, four pairs of socks, two pairs of shoes, and appropriate undergarments.
During the peak of his exchange’s operations, online images of Bankman-Fried frequently depicted him donning multiple FTX-branded T-shirts, casual shorts, and well-worn sneakers, all accompanied by his distinctive frizzy hairstyle.
Many observers speculated that this choice of attire was a deliberate attempt to craft an image portraying him as an unmaterialistic prodigy driven by the desire to amass wealth for the sole purpose of contributing to altruistic endeavors.
Meanwhile, the Bankman-Fried lawyer’s request for an upgraded wardrobe is coming on the heels of their request to have him temporarily released during the upcoming trial. According to the lawyers, his release would allow them to prepare an adequate defense for his case.