Tech Whiz's Alleged Sanctions Violation Gets Judge's Scrutiny

Law360, New York (December 22, 2020, 6:37 PM EST) -- A blockchain expert accused of scheming to boost North Korea's cryptocurrency capabilities in violation of U.S. sanctions may technically not have violated the law regardless of what his intentions were, a Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday, teeing up a key question for a potential 2021 trial.

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel, presiding over the Manhattan U.S. attorney's criminal case targeting Ethereum Foundation worker Virgil Griffith, commented at a virtual hearing as he assessed Griffith's motion to dismiss the conspiracy count lodged against him in late 2019.

The feds say Griffith schemed to violate U.S. economic sanctions when he traveled to...

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