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Sam Bankman-Fried's $250M bail guarantors to be made public, says judge

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The two people who helped former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried with his $250 million bail bond could have their identities revealed next month after a recent ruling by United States District Judge Lewis Kaplan.

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According to the Jan. 30 filing, Kaplan granted the application to reveal the names of the two individuals to the public.

However, Judge Kaplan has given Bankman-Fried’s legal counsel until Feb. 7 to appeal.

Bankman-Fried was released from custody in December 2022 after two unknown people signed on as sureties for the $250 million bond along with Bankman-Fried’s parents, Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried.

Eight major media companies, including Bloomberg, the Financial Times and Reuters, demanded public disclosure of the two individuals responsible for guaranteeing the bond in a Jan. 12 letter addressed to New York District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan.

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Attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, acting on behalf of the media giants, argued that “the public’s right to know Bankman-Fried’s guarantors outweighed their privacy and safety rights.”

Bankman-Fried’s lawyers had continued to argue that the identities should be kept a secret, fearing the individuals would face harassment.