As the Virgil Griffith saga heats up, the prominent trial attorney, Brian Klein, revealed that he would be head up the move to save the Ethereum developer from his legal woes. Griffith – is a 36 year old American citizen- ran afoul of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on the 28th of November.
Griffith’s arrest came after he returned to the US from his trip to North Korea to deliver a presentation on the benefits of Blockchain and cryptocurrency, after having been denied permission to do by the US State Department. It is alleged that – during his presentation- he handed over “highly technical” information regarding Blockchain technology that could possibly help the pariah state circumvent trade restrictions.
Klein – who has represented Charlie Shrem and Eric Voorhees- took to Twitter on December 3rd to say:
“I now represent Virgil Griffith and am very pleased that today the judge found that he should be released from jail pending trial. We dispute the untested allegations in the criminal complaint, and Virgil looks forward to his day in court, when the full story can come out.” Read Klein’s post.
Klein – who is a former federal prosecutor – has a wealth of experience working with technology related cases. He has also represented Marcus Hutchins, the man who put a stop to the 2017 “WannaCry” ransomware attack.
More Support For Griffith
As reported by CoinDesk on the same day as Klein’s Twitter post, an attendee of the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference – were Griffith gave his presentation – claims that no sanctions were ever discussed at the North Korea gathering.
Fabio Pietrosanti – an Italian citizen- is quoted as having said: “The sanctions were not a topic at all,” Pietrosanti said. He continued to add that the conference had a North Korean presence of between 40-60 individuals and no more than 10 foreign visitors.
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