A hearing in the Kleiman v. Wright case concluded Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida rejecting Craig S. Wright’s testimony. The judge determined that “Satoshi Nakamoto” is a partnership of three people, but awarded half of its bitcoin holdings to the Kleiman estate. Craight Wright told Modern Consensus he “has no choice but to hand over $5 billion in BTC.”
Craig Wright has not been having a good summer. First, his Bitcoin Satoshi Version (BSV) cryptocurrency was booted off the Binance and Kraken exchanges after he was accused of bullying people doubting his claim to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
When a judge denies your motion to throw out a lawsuit against you by quoting Sir Walter Scott’s famous line, “Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,” it’s not a good thing. Thus it’s fair to say, nChain founder Craig Wright, the Bitcoin SV (BSV) backer and self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, did not have a good day in court on August 15. Although, to be fair, he wasn’t threatened with handcuffs this time.
From Florida and the Dominican Republic, the wackier ends of the cryptocurrency world came to the fore this week, as yet another Satoshi Nakamoto threw his hat into the ring and a pungent John McAfee walked out of a Dominican jail after an incarceration few believed was genuine in the first place.