Kleiman v Wright Day 11 Recap: Did Ira Kleiman Delete Dave Kleiman’s Bitcoin Wallets?
Day 11 of the Kleiman v Wright trial in Florida began where Day 10 left off, with blockchain expert Kevin Madura educating the court on how Bitcoin works by explaining blockchain transactions, mining , game theory, statistics, math, private keys, multisig, and more.
However, the defense struggled to make their point through Madura’s testimony. This is because the plaintiff’s attorneys continually objected to the arguments defense attorney Zalman Kass was making and the judge supported almost all objections; So much so that it seemed to cause Kass to end his review of Madura earlier than expected.
In their cross-examination, the plaintiffs attempted to highlight the fact that Madura was retained by the defense at an hourly rate to perform work related to this trial. More importantly, the plaintiffs tried to get Madura to undermine a statement he had previously made about Dave Kleiman’s inability to code. The complainants argued that it is not necessary to have formal computer training and that it is not necessary to take computer programming courses in order to learn to code. They tried to support this argument by citing statistics on the number of “self-taught” software developers, including Madura himself to some extent.
“Is it possible that Dave Kleiman can learn C ++ on his own?” Asked the plaintiff’s lawyer, Vel freedman.
“Yes,” Madura replied.
Freedman tried to insinuate that even though Dave was not conventionally trained to code, he could have been self-taught and acquired the ability to know enough C ++ to contribute to the Bitcoin code.
After a quick reorientation from Kass, defense attorney Michael Fernandez brought out the next defense witness, Nicholas Chambers.
Dave’s Bitcoin Might Be Gone
Nicholas Chambers is a computer engineer and computer scientist specializing in forensic medicine. His testimony covered Dave Kleiman’s hard drives and flash drives, reformatting drives, and the ability to identify and recover data.
Chambers examined five of Dave Kleiman’s computer hard drives and nine of his USB drives, looking for any activity that indicated that the contents of the drives had been affected.
Chambers said he discovered that there were once encrypted files on the first three drives named “Do Not Delete”, he also found encrypted files on the last three drives.
According to the computer forensic expert, four of the 14 drives were reformatted after Dave Kleiman’s death and 13 of the 14 devices were overwritten. That being said, Chambers pointed out that there was no way to determine what the contents of the disks were before Ira overwrote the disks.
Chambers’ testimony implied that if there was any Bitcoin related material on the hard drives, it hadn’t been there for a long time, and that’s because Ira Kleiman chose to overwrite the drives.
The plaintiffs chose to cross-examine Chambers and attempted to highlight the idea that the only person who said there was anything of value – like a large amount of BTC – on Dave’s hard drives was Dr. Wright.
Dr Wright’s ex-wife
Next on the court schedule was a video deposition from Dr Wright’s ex-wife Lynn Wright. The defense asked Lynn if they had ever heard Dr Wright and Dave Kleiman talk to each other about Bitcoin, to which they replied “no”, suggesting that there was no partnership between Dr Wright and Dave Kleiman. regarding Bitcoin- related issues.
When the plaintiffs cross-examined Lynn Wright, they asked Lynn several questions about W&K and the assets she owned. According to previous testimony and evidence presented to the court, Lynn Wright is the majority shareholder of W&K Info Defense Research, LLC; However, she came across as ignorant when it came to many issues within W&K that you would expect the controlling shareholder to be aware of.
When asked if she was aware that Dr Wright had filed a complaint against W&K in recent years, Lynn Wright replied, “No. She also seemed genuinely surprised to see evidence of email correspondence in which her email address was involved.
Lynn Wright’s deposition video ended after she said there was a time when Craig asked her to research how the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) could tax Bitcoin.
Humanize Dr. Wright
A video statement from Dr Wright’s uncle Don Lynam was then released. Lynam served 30 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and has extensive experience in IT, management, technology and engineering. A few key points from Lynam’s testimony were that Dr. Wright is very intelligent, but he is not known for his “people skills”. Lynam has spoken a lot about Craig’s education, career, and talent for writing articles. Documents from 2008 related to Bitcoin with Lynam.
Lynam spoke about a token system that Dr Wright created for an online casino called Lasseters and explained how this token system is a precursor to Bitcoin. Lynam also explained how Craig told him to run a BTC node and how Craig showed him a very early and rough version of the Bitcoin whitepaper in 2007 or mid-2008.
Ultimately, given what Dr Wright shared with Lynam during the years that Bitcoin was coming to fruition, Lynam said he had no reason not to believe that Dr Wright was the sole author of the white paper. Bitcoin.
The complainants chose to cross-examine Lynam, but did not extract anything of substance from him, the complainants tried to argue that Lynam was made to speak nicely about Dr Wright because Dr Wright is his nephew, this at to which Lynam replied:
“I agreed to do it [the deposition] because I believe in Craig and in my knowledge of the time… I can answer all questions with absolute honesty.
Dave Kleiman’s Last Days
The defense also called Dr. Stewart MacIntyre to the stand. MacIntyre is a medical practitioner specializing in infectious diseases, he has worked in many hospitals in Virginia and has reviewed Dave Kleiman’s medical records, which he says are between 10,000 and 11,000 pages long.
According to the evidence presented in court, Dave Kleiman spent two years, five months and two days in the hospital during his last hospitalization. Although his testimony is only just beginning, MacIntyre argued that Dave Kleiman was in the hospital as an inpatient the majority of the time and that Dave was deemed critically ill, requiring intensive care due to the accident in motor vehicle that left him paralyzed with his legs down. The doctor also noted that it seemed like Dave Kleiman could never really be away from the hospital for more than a day because he needed the resources the hospital was able to provide. This could imply that Dave was not able to help Dr Wright in any capacity as he could not go for long periods without professional medical care.
Today has been an eventful day in court where we have seen many different faces on the stand as well as in the video testimony. Defense witnesses put the wind in the sails of the defense, particularly Don Lynam who has a very strong case that both humanized Dr Wright and provided a very candid timeline of Bitcoin’s launch that is consistent with the actions Dr Wright took to get Bitcoin off the ground.
The plaintiffs managed to thwart the defense by extracting value from Kevin Madura, although they did not gain ground outside of this instance.
Thursday’s hearing will continue with Dr. MacIntyre at the bar.
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