Craig Wright, the man who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, will not be subject to legal sanctions and has been authorized to present an expert witness in support of his statement of autism, when the Kleiman case proceeds to a jury trial in two weeks.
According to court documents filed on 24 June, Beth Bloom, the United States district judge, has ruled against a motion filed by Kleiman’s legal team on 21 May calling for sanctions rather than a trial, in response to her claims that Wright “committed perjury, produced forgeries and engaged in judicial abuse”.
Although Judge Bloom acknowledged that Kleiman’s team had raised allegations of “troubling questions” regarding Wright’s credibility and behavior, she ultimately ruled that all the allegations “are best made by a jury as fact-finders at trial” and are not a reason for the court to impose sanctions.
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The Autism Defense on Wright’s “Inconsistent Statements
In response to the amended bus motion filed by Kleiman’s legal team in May, Wright followed up with a motion of his own, requesting that “a licensed clinical psychologist” appear as an expert witness.
Wright said his witness had diagnosed him with an “autism spectrum disorder with high intellectual abilities,” which should be taken into account when evaluating his somewhat inconsistent statements in court.
Under Judge Bloom’s ruling, Wright’s defense of her autism is authorized to proceed on this point. She says the psychologist could provide testimony showing how her condition “might be incorrectly perceived as false testimony,” such as providing an incomplete or “false” list of Bitcoin addresses.
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Billionaire Bitcoin Revolution SV benefactor Calvin Ayre tweeted his support for Wright after the judge’s decision, claiming that Kleiman’s lawyers had tried to “short-circuit” the trial, but the ruling would allow “Craig’s day in court.
Ayre has a history of making colorful statements when it comes to Wright. During the previous court proceedings in August, he tweeted that another judge presiding over the case had decided that Wright was the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The judge made no such decision.