On Monday evening November 16, the popular bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos tweeted about his upcoming role in the high-profile billion-dollar bitcoin lawsuit, Kleiman v. Wright. Antonopoulos said that he will be “testifying at trial” during the month of April 2021, even though Craig Wright’s defense team tried to exclude him.
It seems the ongoing high-profile lawsuit, Kleiman v. Wright will continue into 2021, and maybe even longer depending on the situation with Covid-19. However, new information has been published by the courts that show a lot of deliberation and arguments over expert testimony. On November 16, one of the individuals planning to testify, the bitcoin evangelist and technical author Andreas Antonopoulos tweeted about his upcoming appearance in the billion-dollar lawsuit.
“The federal court in Kleiman v. Wright has affirmed my status as an expert witness in the case, rejecting the ‘Daubert’ motions by the defense that tried to exclude me and other experts,” Antonopoulos explained. “I will be testifying at trial (sch. for April 2021), as an expert witness,” the bitcoin evangelist added.
The court filing shows that the defendant, Craig Wright, also tried to exclude the opinions of the plaintiffs’ experts; Gordon Klein, Dr. Matthew Edman, Stefan Boedeker, and Dr. Robert Leonard as well.
While speaking about Antonopoulos’s expert testimony scheduled for April, the judge explained that certain testimony will be restricted from the trial. For instance, Antonopoulos was going to discuss some of the communications allegedly sent by Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
The court agrees that “[c]ommunications sent by Satoshi Nakamoto are plainly relevant to this litigation.” However, the court favored the defendant’s recent motion and even though Antonopoulos can discuss historical public communications and the emails sent by Satoshi, “an actual opinion must be connected to such…