The Craig Wright vs David Kleiman case has taken an interesting turn as recent reports state that The District Court for the Southern District of Florida has denied Craig Wright’s request for summary judgment and the case is set to go to trial.
The self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous founder of Bitcoin, was sued by Ira Kleiman – the brother of Wright’s late business partner Dave Kleiman – for $10 billion, alleging that Wright was trying to seize Dave’s Bitcoin holdings from when they were mining together.
The case was filed back in 2018 and alleges Wright of trying to steal intellectual property along with a whopping 1.1 million BTC.
Now, the 93-page decision filed on September 21st states that US District Judge Beth Bloom has denied Wright’s request to have the motion dismissed.
Wright’s request for summary judgment was comprised of six claims that include a statute of limitations along with the plaintiff’s inability to prove the existence of an oral partnership and the court’s lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
In an earlier court appearance, Wright had also filed for a motion of his own, requesting “a licensed clinical psychologist” appear as an expert witness.
As per Wright, the new witness had diagnosed him with “Autism Spectrum Disorder with high intellectual skills” that needs to be taking into account when evaluating Wright in Court. Judge Bloom had allowed his Autism defense to proceed.
Wright also said that his psychologist witness could provide a testimony showing how Autism “could be incorrectly perceived as having provided untruthful testimony” such as providing an incomplete or “false” list of Bitcoin addresses.
As of now, Wright’s trial is set to begin on January 4th, 2021, according to an order filed by the court earlier this month.
Wright remains a controversial Character
Meanwhile, Wright remains one of the most controversial characters in the crypto industry. He has been trying to convince BTC believers that he is the creator of Bitcoin and its underlying technology, Blockchain, since late December 2015, when he offered documentation to back up his claims.
Since then, Wright started a saga of claims where he presents fresh documents every time trying to prove that he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto. However, his efforts have did not bear any fruit as he has been exposed for presenting false information and fake documents on countless occasions.
Wright also filed a libel suit against popular industry figure Roger Ver back in August 25 with the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda, seeking legal action against Ver, who supposedly claimed publicly that Wright is not the real Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin.