SBF’s Legal Rep Conflict Hearing: Defense Tackles Conflicts in Crypto Cases (title focuses on the core elements and keywords: SBF, legal representation, conflict, hearing)

1.Sam Bankman-Fried is scheduled to appear before a judge on February 21, 2024, for a Curcio hearing over concerns about lawyers Marc Mukasey and Torrey Young. Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered the hearing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The hearing stems from a letter written by U.S. prosecutors on February 6, raising concerns about Mukasey and Young, who filed notices of appearance in both SBF’s and former CEO Alex Mashinsky’s cases.

2.Sam Bankman-Fried's legal defense is being funded with Alameda money he gifted to his father. Bankman-Fried is currently represented by Mark Cohen and Christian Everdell of Cohen & Gresser, both former federal prosecutors. Additionally, he is being advised pro bono by criminal defense attorney David W. Mills, a close family friend and colleague of Bankman.

3.Sam Bankman-Fried's lawyers are doing exactly what they should be doing, according to experts. They are trying to defend Bankman-Fried by undermining the credibility of key witnesses and demonstrating that he acted in a way that any rational businessperson might have. The defense is not trying to convince every juror of Bankman-Fried’s innocence but only to sow doubt in the minds of one or two.

4.Sam Bankman-Fried's father, Joseph Bankman, a tax law professor at Stanford Law School, has retained New York attorney Sean Hecker of Kaplan Hecker and Fink LLP. Hecker, who focuses on white-collar crime, previously represented a former top foreign exchange trader at Barclays accused of an alleged multi-billion-dollar fraud scheme.

5.Sam Bankman-Fried has switched legal counsel and is now represented by David Mills, a criminal law and white-collar crime professor at Stanford University's law school. Bankman-Fried was previously represented by attorney Martin Flumembaum from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, but conflicts arose that precluded the firm from representing him.

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