The federal evidentiary hearing for Bitcoin’s alleged creator, Craig Wright is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on June 28. To the tune of that, he has filed an intention to call witnesses at his upcoming deposition. Relevant to this case is that Craig Wright is chief scientist at nChain; He called upon two expert witnesses, a fact witness, and himself to testify and with himself as a witness, it could lead to a possible cross-examination.
Additionally in the Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit: According to the plaintiff’s representation, the possibility of being placed in contempt of court at either the civil or criminal level is a likely fate for Wright. This is as a result of his failure to abide by the court order to disclose a full list of his bitcoin holdings gained prior to Dec. 31, 2013.
Ira Kleiman is suing on behalf of his brother’s estate for half of the fair market value of coins he had mined with the nChain chief scientist in the past. Specifically, his brother Dave Kleiman allegedly co-mined a hoard of more than 1.1 million bitcoins with between 2009 and 2011, which are said to be stored in the “Tulip Trust.” In regard to this, Wright has previously said the Tulip Trust is inaccessible due to a cryptographic scheme called Shamir’s Secret Sharing Algorithm.
A former IBM consultant and VP of cybersecurity at AlixPartners, Kevin Madure is the second expert witness, who will testify to cryptography, cryptocurrencies and blockchain as it pertains to this case.
Brett Roberson, Director AlixPartners in Dallas, Texas, will provide sworn testimony regarding digital forensics and PGP signatures, according to the court document. According to Robertson’s CV attached to the filing as Exhibit 1, his range of experience covers detection of intellectual property theft, analysis of a computer user’s actions over specific time periods, and recovery of deleted files.
A lawyer who follows the case but is uninvolved, gave his own opinion in reply to another follower through a tweet as “@stephendpalley It’s insane. Remember, the Court mentioned CRIMINAL contempt as a possibility. I doubt that will be the outcome but testifying “as a fact witness” in front of a pissed off and skeptical federal judge is a, um, bold move.”
@stephenndpalley had tweeted: “Not to be outdone,” Wright has also called himself as a factual witness.”
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