After almost completely defeating Dr. Craig Wright last December, Ira Kleiman's request for a new trial has been denied by Judge Beth Bloom.
Klayman argued that the defense violated certain pretrial orders during the trial and therefore needed a new order. Specifically, they complain that Dr. Wright's attorneys improperly centered the jury's attention on the relationship between Ira Lyman and his late brother Dave – who Ira claims helped Dr. Wright invent Bitcoin. Prior to the trial, the parties were barred from offering any evidence about the relationship between the two men. This was violated "more than a dozen times," according to Ira.
In an order issued Monday, Judge Bloom denied the request. She called the plaintiffs' arguments "unpersuasive" and specifically noted that they failed to object to many of the circumstances that they now claim constitute misconduct. Moreover, she agreed with the defendants' argument that the record was replete with evidence of a "limited" relationship between Ira and Dave Kleiman, evidence that was sometimes provided by the plaintiffs themselves. Even putting these factors aside, Judge Bloom stated that the defendants' conduct was not sufficiently serious to justify a new trial.
"We are very pleased with the judge's decision and deny the request for a new trial. As the judge's decision makes clear, there is no basis for the request," said Andrés Rivero, attorney for Dr. Craig Wright.
Now that this matter has been resolved, the parties will now have 30 days to appeal the decision in Kleiman. Although not immediately anticipated, this also has the potential to spark movement in Lynn Wright and Ramona Watts' lawsuit against Ira Kleiman.
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