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Filan, responded and described the decision

as a body slam.

That decision is what Black’s Law Dictionary defines as a “body slam.”

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James K closely watches this case of Ripple against the SEC agency and he always keeps sharing about the ongoing activities of this case.

Hinman’s Email Document Role In XRP Lawsuit

The documents, which the SEC agency is trying to hide in every possible situation, include the statement made by former SEC official William Hinman. In the past, Hinman stated that Ethereum is not a security and also explained some facts in favour of his statement.

Ripple’s defensive attorneys are trying their best to present the document in court to prove that Ripple also falls under the non-security asset class as per Hinman’s point of view.

Hinman also met with the co-founders and investors in Ethereum ahead of a market-moving speech he gave in 2018 declaring the digital asset Ether to not be a security”.

And indeed, Hinman in 2018had intervenedto say thatEthereum and Bitcoin should not be considered as security, putting doubt on XRP.

Ripple’s victory: the emails and Hinman’s conflict of interest

In the emails,Hinman explicitly warned that he could never meet with Simpson Thacher while in office, then promptly and repeatedly violates the rule.

Specifically, the January 2018 emails state thatHinman seeks permission to meet with Thacher in London, but the SEC ethics clerk of the day responds with an explicit and pointed warning.

William Hinman’s speech could give XRP a free pass

The documents in question take the form of a series of emails in which Hinman sought input from his colleagues at the Securities & Exchange Commission before delivering his speech personally. Ripple’s lawyers have argued that whilst certain of Hinman’s colleagues discussed legal concepts in some of their responses, this did not imbue them (or the other communications) with any attorney-client privilege.

This means the speech and emails have now been called in for discussion and will be made publicly available. Ripple’s lawyers and the community believes Judge Sarah Netburn wants to question the SEC’s motion practice on the issue and for that reason has chosen an unusual hearing setting.

The conference call will be recorded, and the transcript will be published later.

Conversely, a Ripple win would signal a major setback in Gensler’s efforts to crack down on what he’s called the “wild west” of investing.


Ripple lawyers consider the drafts of Hinman’s speech and other related material to be crucial pieces of evidence that could also prove the SEC unfairly singled it out for enforcement action.

One thing is certain: The documents surrounding Hinman’s speech are important for both sides. SEC lawyers have been fighting to prevent Ripple from obtaining the drafts based on privilege, even as they have tweaked their exact rationale. Personal opinions are generally not subject to such strict privilege guidelines, and during Ripple’s deposition of Hinman in August 2021, he signed an affidavit stating that the speech was entirely his own opinion.

Gary Gensler, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gensler, continues to litigate the case, which, if successful, would have far-reaching regulatory implications for the $1 trillion crypto industry.(Bill Clark/pool/AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Netburn’s most recent ruling dismissed the SEC revision to its argument that Hinman wasn’t merely stating a personal opinion, but making an argument on behalf of the government thus retaining a level of confidentiality.


The legal tussle over the Hinman drafts began in January, when Judge Netburn ordered the SEC to turn over other documents to the court while she weighed whether Ripple could gain access to them.

The SEC is expected to appeal Judge Netburn’s ruling to Federal District Judge Analisa Torres.

XRP case, in response to Hinman emails

Former SEC director Hinman’s emails to be called in

The US Securities & Exchange Commission slammed Ripple and two executives, Chris Larsen and Brad Garlinghouse, with a lawsuit in December 2020. As part of its defense, the blockchain company has tried to get complete access to relevant documents that contributed to the formulation of a speech regarding crypto market regulation by a leading SEC official.

William Hinman, Former Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, made a speech on June 18, 2018, which has been labeled the “Ethereum free pass.” In this speech he labeled Ethereum, the world’s largest altcoin, a non-security.

Hinman could be considered a ‘client’ of SEC lawyers — he can be, and both sides acknowledge it.

The sticking point, as Judge Netburn points out in her opinion letter, is “whether a government employee can be a client when the matter about which the employee seeks advice is not ultimately agency business.”

Ripple’s lawyers argued that Hinman’s speech doesn’t count as legal advice but an “outside activity.” The SEC’s lawyers responded by saying Hinman’s speech had to have been an “official duty” and therefore he was a client in this context — advice by staff wouldn’t have been available to Hinman unless he was an employee and instead a ‘private citizen.’

Ultimately, Judge Netburn found that Hinman’s speech drafts “did not have the predominant purpose of soliciting or providing legal advice,” but rather sought policy advice and recommendations.

A U.S. magistrate judge has ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should give Ripple access to some of the documents it has been fighting to keep hidden, including a draft email by former director William Hinman on Ether.

Ripple has been going after several documents held by the SEC, which it believes could help prove its case in which it claims that the watchdog didn’t give fair notice. Among them is an email with the draft speech that Hinman famously delivered in 2018, claiming that Ether isn’t a security.

Judge Sarah Netburn of the Southern District of New York has ruled in favor of the payments company, granting it access to some of the documents, including the email.

No further details have been furbished. Magistrate Judge Netburn has yet to decide whether she will allow remote public access for in-court civil proceedings.

Winklevoss twins believe XRP price is in for a bloodbath

As the prices of altcoins XRP, Ethereum, Solana, BNB, Cardano and Dogecoin plummet, the Winklevoss twins, founders of the Gemini exchange, have issued a stark warning of a “crypto winter” approaching. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss believe the market has entered a “contraction phase.”

In a memo to Gemini exchange staff, the Winklevoss twins spoke of, “turbulent market conditions that are likely to persist for some time.”

Grizzly, a pseudonymous cryptocurrency analyst, believes Ripple price has entered a correction section that has lasted for over 400 days.

The Ripple community has launched a new petition to “stop the war” on XRP.

Crypto & Policy founder Thomas Hodge has started a petition directed at Securities and Exchange Commission chair nominee Gary Gensler, asking him to end the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple once he’s confirmed as chairman of the commission.

Announcing the news Wednesday, Crypto & Policy called on Gensler to investigate the potential motives of former SEC chair Jay Clayton and his SEC Director of Corporate Finance William Hinman for “favoring” Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) while harming XRP. The petition alleges that Clayton and Hinman could have had financial interests in Bitcoin and Ether:

“While Clayton and Hinman were in office, they were asked if Bitcoin and Ether were securities. They said very clearly, on the record: no they are not securities so keep trading them.

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