Craig Wright Lied and Forged Documents: Judges Rules

A British judge decided this Craig Wrightclaiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, lied extensively and falsified documents during a high-profile trial.

In a damning judgment of 231 pagesJudge James Mellor stated that Wright “repeatedly lied to the court” and committed “egregious” forgery in a failed attempt to prove he was Nakamoto.

A group of crypto companies filed a civil lawsuit, the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), seeking to prevent Wright from claiming he invented Bitcoin.

Mellor wrote that Wright presented false documents and gave false testimony in support of “his greatest lie: his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto.”

The judge ruled that Wright is neither the author of the Bitcoin white paper nor the person behind the 2008-2011 Satoshi pseudonym.

Furthermore, Mellor ruled that Wright does not own a copyright that would allow him to sue Bitcoin developers, as he has done in the past.

The judge called Wright’s story “full of inconsistencies and absurd statements” and said Wright was “not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.”

COPA Lawyers accused Wright of extensive deception and forgery during the trial. They also presented technical evidence revealing false documents that Wright justified with “fluid but ultimately unconvincing answers.”

After the devastating verdict, Wright has already dropped several lawsuits on the grounds that he is Nakamoto. However, Mellor’s ruling only prevents him from bringing new claims in Britain, and not in other jurisdictions.

The case has raised questions about Wright’s source of funding for lawsuits. Online gambling magnate Calvin Ayre is rumored to be financially supporting Wright, but both men deny this.

Overall, the judge’s unequivocal findings represent a major blow to Wright’s reputation and credibility. COPA hopes the verdict will discourage further legal action from Wright, despite possible appeals.

For the Bitcoin community, it provides major relief from its past claims and lawsuits.

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