The fate of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) will soon be decided, as his trial is set to begin Tuesday. The high-profile case stemming from his break-up with his longtime partner, Drake Fung, has become a lightning rod for the crypto community. SBF’s defense team, headed by Shawn Crosby, is preparing their case a week before the trial begins. SBF stands accused of illegally conducting financial activities without a license, as well as destroying and disposing of evidence related to Fung’s company, Token365. SBF has denied the charges, calling them “inaccurate and defamatory”. The trial is expected to be an intense one, as attorneys for the prosecution are asking for civil damages totaling $50 million. The trial promises to tackle many of the complexities of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. From the use of smart contracts to the effects of decentralized exchanges, the court will have to weigh the facts of the case with some of the most complex technology laws in place. Crosby and his team of attorneys have built a formidable defense, with initial statements from legal commentators noting the strong arguments they have put forward. SBF himself has released a statement of his own, where he is adamant on his innocence and looks to the trial as a chance to prove it. The trial is sure to be closely watched. Not just because of the characters involved, but because the verdict could shape how the crypto industry is regulated in the United States for years to come. SBF is the face of a growing industry, and a ruling in his favor could open up a new range of possibilities. No matter the result, it’s clear that the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried will go down in history as one of the most significant cases involving crypto to date. It will serve as a lesson to those in the industry, and a reminder to the world at large of the complexities of blockchain and cryptocurrency.