Billion-Dollar Craig Wright- Dave Kleiman Case Moves To Court In July; 1.1 Million BTC at Stake
- The famous “one million Bitcoin” case between self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, and Ira Kleiman, brother to deceased, Dave Kleiman, is finally set for trial starting July 6.
- However, the court is extending the deadline till July 3rd, 2020 for the parties to resolve their claims and present the resolution to court.
The long-running battle between Craig Wright and Kleiman’s estate is taking a swift turn to the courts after a two-year battle of the courts bore no resolutions.
According to the latter, Dave and Craig mined together a stash worth 1 million BTC (~$9 billion) and wished Craig, who has previously admitted to holding the private keys to this mega stash, to relinquish half the BTC the two mined.
However, Craig has come out strongly denying the claims; stating that he mined the whole stash of BTC alone.
On May 1, 2020, U.S Southern District of Florida judge, Reinhart Bloom, declared the trial date is set for July 6, with both legal teams announcing their readiness in participating in the trial.
The set trial will be held during the Court’s two-week trial calendar beginning on July 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse, 400 North Miami, Avenue, Courtroom 10-2, Miami, Florida.
Dr Wright’s attorney, Andres Rivero, argues that his client is eager to prove in court his BTC stake.
Rivero further claimed the plaintiffs must be able to prove their 50% stake claim, given Dave and Craig were just friends, which did not entitle any case of sharing the mined BTC. He further said,
“It's always possible for the cases to be delayed, they could be motions, more requests by the plaintiffs […] But we have opposed all the delays and we’ve always wanted to go to trial.”
A source from Kleiman’s legal team also showed their readiness in presenting evidence and witnesses in court come July 6, brushing off the claims that they were slowing down the process as “absurd.”
The statement from Roche Cyrulnik Freedman LLP, the firm representing Kleiman’s estate reads:
“Any comment that Plaintiffs are responsible for any delays to the trial date is absurd. As Judge Bloom found on January 10, 2020, Craig’s ‘antics and conduct delayed and obstructed the discovery process of this case, wasted valuable time and resources […] and prevented the Plaintiff from obtaining evidence.”
Despite the case moving onto a court date, Craig has yet to provide proof on the claimed 1.1 million BTC coins.
Earlier in the year, reports that the Tulip Trust documents containing the private key to the stash would arrive in a bounded courier never materialized. This led to Craig’s attorneys claiming he does not own the private keys to the coins.