Recently, a trial involving tech entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried has taken an unexpected turn. Prosecutors argued that Bankman-Fried’s defense is so illogical that it is comparable to the comedic movie ‘Dumb and Dumber’.
The case revolves around Bankman-Fried’s alleged involvement in conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors allege that Bankman-Fried engaged in a scheme to create bogus accounts in order to artificially inflate the exchange rate for a cryptocurrency and profit from the change in price.
The prosecutors were shocked when Bankman-Fried’s defense attorney argued that his client had no knowledge of the scheme and was unable to stop what was happening despite being a sophisticated investor.
The prosecutors then compared the defense’s argument to the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels comedy ‘Dumb and Dumber’. The prosecutors argued that Bankman-Fried’s defense was as illogical and ridiculous as the movie’s premise.
The defense countered by saying that the prosecutors were trying to distract the jury from looking at the actual facts of the case and instead focus on a “red herring” of a movie comparison.
The judge took the prosecution’s point but did not rule one way or the other on the matter. The jury is now weighing the evidence to make its decision in this high profile case.
Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the comparison of this Lamborghini driving tech millionaire to Jim Carrey’s hapless Lloyd Christmas character is certainly unique and something many will be discussing for days to come.