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1/ !!!THREAD!!!
My notes on Craig S Wright’s hearing held in West Palm Beach court house on June 28, 2019 $btc #cryptotwitter
2/ Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, I am not a native English speaker, I am not an engineer. But I am deeply in love with crypto and our community. Here are the notes I took during cross-examination, put into one thread. I didn’t have access to Exhibits.
3/ From start CSW was playing a victim and a good guy that “respects the law.” He cried a couple times, he mentioned having a master degree in law and getting PhD in it, he talked about religion and his soul.
4/ TLDR of the pre-story.
According to the story: CSW created Bitcoin. Short after that he started working together with David Kleiman. By August 2010 they mined a ton of coins. David started a UK company W&K. David died in April 2013. Currently Ira Kleiman is David’s heir.
5/ CSW promised big money to David’s family as part of his alleged ownership in W&K, and tried to keep it not public when Ira required an explanation on money transfers from W&K to CSW without notifying Kleiman’s family.
6/ Later it seem to appear that David actually owned 100% of W&K which supposed to have about a million of BTC from mining. Ira demanded to return these funds but it hasn’t been done.
7/ Now back to today’s trial. CSW was supposed to present public addresses of the funds held in BTC he acquired before the end of 2013 but he still hasn’t done it.
8/ CSW and his lawyer: Are you satoshi? -Yes. Do you recognize this White Paper? -Yes. If you had a chance to provide the BTC addresses, would you? -Public Address is not an existing thing on Bitcoin network.
9/ After that we went on a long side track of agreeing what is a public address and what it stands for, in the community
10/ The most emotional moment was when CSW was asked why he left bitcoin and decided to disassociate with Satoshi’s pseudonym. “I was ashamed of my invention. They used it for child porn and hard drugs. I didn’t want to be a part of it so I left. I even stopped being a pastor.”
11/ Cross-examination was a bomb! I was very impressed with ability of the lawyer to go through lines of code with a great confidence. Calling falsified emails and other documents by providing data from servers.
12/ It became clear to me that - someone tried to falsify email metadata - but after changing the DATE (day, months and year) of the email, *they forgot to change what day of the week it was.*
13/ So the document demand in court, is supposedly under control of 15 keys. It requires 8 out of 15 to decrypt, AND in a particular order. I still couldn’t ascertain how many keys he personally has exactly … maybe … seven?
14/ Side note: I really felt bad for the stenographer, when they were going through tech staff. It was hilarious when he asked how to spell @GitHub
15/ Apparently, IF David set up the time release the way CSW and David discussed, he is supposed to gain access to another key in Jan or Dec 2020.
16/ The hearing continued despite the expiration of official court house hours. None of the witnesses had time to participate today. There will be another hearing scheduled soon.
17/ There were many companies mentioned, one wrapped up into another and co-owned through multisigs. I wish they just had a whiteboard to draw it all out. Perhaps starting with, Tulip Limited, or Coin LTD, (sic).
18/ I was trying to set aside my opinion on the whole story, and interpret the cross-examination how the judge (or others) might see it. Even so, even the interns expressed an unmistakeable level of incredulity.
19/ Around 4 pm, apparently one of Craig’s representatives read my tweets and reported to the judge. After another break I was invited back to the court room for a, “talk.” #russianspy
20/ The judge was very nice to me, asked me questions and advised never ever do it again. Later I found out the worst case scenario could be 30 days in jail and $5k. I am flying to Puerto Rico on Sunday so thanks for not throwing me in a cage.
21/ Overall it was an amazing experience and definitely will stay in my memories forever.
I also want to say thank you to the whole community for supporting me today and appreciating the coverage.
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