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The COPA Trial in Disarray: Ex-Lawyers Accuse Craig Wright of Doctoring Email Evidence

The trial of the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor faces fresh twist as ex-lawyers dispute email authenticity

The legal saga surrounding Craig Wright, who claims to have invented Bitcoin, took a new turn as emails he cited as proof were labeled fake by his former legal team. In a London courtroom, the unfolding drama entered its fourth week with Wright's past attorneys at Ontier dismissing the emails—shared by Wright's wife Ramona Watts—as fabricated. 

These emails, integral to the case, were intended to support Wright's assertion of having access to the Australian accounting platform MYOB in 2019, a claim now under intense scrutiny. Ontier's rejection of the emails' authenticity adds a layer of complexity to Wright's defense, emphasizing the high stakes of this legal battle over the true originator of Bitcoin.

Digital forensics expert's testimony challenged

The courtroom witnessed heightened tension as Patrick Madden, a digital forensics expert, faced rigorous cross-examination. Representing Craig Wright's defense, Shoosmiths lawyer Craig Orr meticulously scrutinized Madden's allegations of document forgery by Wright, aimed at proving his claim as Bitcoin's creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. 

Madden, pressed on the reliability of his findings, admitted: 

"I can't say that 100%," 

when questioned about the possibility of a document's footer existing in 2008. 

His hesitance and reliance on COPA's counsel for drafting his report raised questions about his independence and objectivity. This critical interrogation of Madden's expertise and methodology underscored the complexities of validating digital documents' authenticity, a cornerstone of Wright's ongoing legal battle to establish his identity as the pioneer of cryptocurrency.

Trial developments and next steps

As the trial probing Craig Wright's claim to Bitcoin's invention progresses, the legal strategies and evidentiary challenges come into sharper focus. Monday's session concluded with a significant decision by Wright's legal team, Shoosmiths, to abbreviate the cross-examination of Patrick Madden and not question additional witnesses from COPA's lineup. This move suggests a strategic pivot in Wright's defense, possibly aiming to streamline their focus on the trial's issues. 

With Madden's testimony lasting less than anticipated, the anticipation for the trial's next phases grows. As proceedings resume on Tuesday, all eyes are on the legal teams as they navigate the complexities of digital evidence and expert testimony. The outcome of this trial could have far-reaching implications for the crypto community and the legal standards for proving digital innovations' origins.