Academics from Stanford Law School and Stanford University have been identified as the two unknown individuals who signed bonds for the release of FTX crypto exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried from prison on bail.
Larry Kramer, the former dean of Stanford Law School, and Andreas Paepcke, a computer science research engineer at the university, were named in court filings released on Wednesday.
Bankman-Fried, who was charged with fraud and other crimes, was released on bail in December on a US$250 million personal recognizance bond signed by himself and his parents.
Two separate bonds were signed by Kramer and Paepcke, with court documents showing that Kramer put up a US$500,000 unsecured bond, and Paepcke signed on to US$200,000.
The information sought by news organizations, names of bail sureties, is traditionally regarded as public information, according to Judge Lewis Kaplan’s January ruling.
The disclosure of the two sureties’ identities sheds light on the inner workings of the bail system and the involvement of prominent individuals in high-profile cases.