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- Cryptocurrency expert Virgil Griffith arrested, his fault being attending a conference on Ethereum
- Vitalik Buterin, the founder of ethereum, expressed solidarity with Virgil Griffith for his arrest in Los Angeles
- The Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith has been released pending trial
We continue to follow the absurd story that led the ethereum developer Virgil Griffith to arrests in the USA on the demented charge of having helped North Korea to evade the sanctions imposed by the USA when, in reality, Virgil simply attended a conference in the capital; it's yesterday's news that the New York judge has banned the release on bail, news confirmed by James Margolin, the public relations manager of the prosecutor for the southern district of New York, asked by cointelegraph. You will therefore have to wait for the preliminary hearing, scheduled for next January 9, to find out more about the cause involving Virgil Griffith. Arrested on November 28, as mentioned, for wanting to travel to North Korea despite the ban imposed on him (without any valid reason) by the state department, the developer has been in prison for a month now and it seems that he will have to remain there until the end of the process; this is also quite atypical, in fact there are neither the extremes to believe that Griffith would abandon the country nor that it could somehow repeat the crime. The ethereum developer faces up to 20 years in prison and what is more serious is that the community broke up when it was supposed to take up its defense; many accounts via social networks, in fact, when the news of the arrest spread, declared that Virgil had basically sought it and that therefore the arrest should have served him as a lesson.
It is not possible to know at this time what the conditions of detention of the developer are, it is impossible to understand what turn the process will take also because the lawyer Buckley, to whom Griffith has entrusted his defense, prefers not to make statements to industry sites , probably to avoid the risk of upsetting the judge; after all, the non-release on bail already shows that Griffith will face a trial in which the prejudice against him will be high. Pending the preliminary hearing of 9 January, in the hope that new information and ideas on this process will emerge, we can only hope that at least Griffith is receiving dignified treatment in prison, which, however, it is legitimate to have some doubts about.