Judge Allows Craig Wright's to Defend Autism Claims

Judge Allows Craig Wright's to Defend Autism Claims

By Abhi K | News | 25 Jun 2020


Craig Wright, who is set to face trial for a lawsuit filed by the Kleiman estate, will be able to present an expert witness to support his claim of autism. Documents filed on June 24 show that Judge Beth Bloom has dismissed the motion made by Kleiman and his lawyers filed on May 21, which requested sanctions over going to trial.

Wright, who adamantly claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, filed a motion shortly afterwards, requesting a licensed clinical psychologist to support his claim that he had been diagnosed with “Autism Spectrum Disorder with high intellectual skills.” This is an apparent defense against the contradictory claims that Wright has made over the months, and the “unsettling issues” of credibility. 

Judge Bloom ruled that Wright’s claims were best left to the judgement of the jury, saying that “are best suited for a jury to make as fact finder at trial.” 

Wright’s statements have been the source of multiple complications for the trial, which is due to commence on July 6. He claims to be the owner of multiple addresses as a part of the “Tulip Trust”, but lacks the private keys to access them at the moment. This was supposedly supposed to arrive through a bonded courier, which never transpired.

However, transactions have been made from one of these addresses, which either means that Wright does indeed have access to these addresses or that someone else does. Ira Kleiman’s lawyers in May also said that Wright already had access to 820,000 BTC. 

Around the same time that the transaction was made from one of Wright’s claimed addresses, a message calling Wright a “fraud” and “liar” was embedded in transactions from the claimed addresses. Wright responded by saying that this was not possible because anonymous digital signatures are not possible. These are the inconsistencies that Wright is trying to defend against by bringing in a clinical psychologist. 

One of the addresses in question was also noted as being involved in a theft of 80,000 BTC from defunct exchange Mt. Gox.


Abhi K
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