The court denied Craig Wright’s motion to avoid appearing
This news was corroborated by fresh court documents, filed on June 10th. What’s more, Wright had apparently requested that he would receive permission to appear by videoconference rather than appearing in the flesh. As such, Wright argued that physically attending the courtroom session could cause him “unjustifiable hardship”.
With that said, however, Wright’s motion was refused by the court plaintiffs. In fact, plaintiffs argued that information discovered during the course of this case already made Wright a person of interest.
As plaintiffs have already had “sufficient information to fairly evaluate the claims at issue,” they needed Wright to appear. Moreover, the court – with Judge Beth Bloom presiding – then sided with the plaintiffs, ordering Wright to appear. Judge Bloom ruled:
“Personal appearance by the parties will promote meaningful participation at mediation.”
The next mediation session in the Bitcoin court case will be on June 18th. As such, Wright will need to attend it.
Could Kleiman have been the true Satoshi Nakamoto?
Specifically, Wright stands accused of stealing Bitcoin from his “old friend” Dave Kleiman. Kleiman was a cryptocurrency developer who passed away back in 2013. According to Kleiman’s family, around 1.1 million Bitcoin is missing from Kleiman’s estate.
For comparison, this massive number of Bitcoin would be worth approximately $9 billion at press time. Although Wright has been persistent in trying to dismiss the lawsuit from Kleiman’s family, Judge Bloom ordered that it should continue last December.
Many may be familiar with Craig Wright for his controversial claims that he “is” Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. Although many have dismissed Wright’s claims, along with the US government, this is where thing get interesting.
Dave Kleiman, on the other hand, is oftentimes one of the prime candidates for being the true creator of Bitcoin. What’s more, Kleiman had previously been a noted computer forensics expert, military operator, and cypherpunk enthusiast – all traits which Satoshi Nakamoto could likely possess.
up as one of the prime candidates for being the true creator of Bitcoin. What’s more, Kleiman had previously been a noted computer forensics expert, military operator, and cypherpunk enthusiast – all traits which Satoshi Nakamoto could likely possess.
Furthermore, the fact that Kleiman passed away in 2013 could explain why Satoshi Nakamoto has been nowhere to find for the better part of the past decade. Although it is too early to come to any concrete conclusions, it will certainly be interesting to watch how this court case evolves.
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Rasmus Pihl is a writer for Toshi Times by day and an avid follower of the blockchain industry by night. Rasmus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics, and Law and runs a Swedish marketing consulting firm. Moreover, when he isn’t writing for Toshi Times, traveling, working or changing the world in some other capacity, Rasmus is more than likely caught up in postgraduate studies.