Donald Trump would be the latest high-profile US defendant to testify.

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The 19th of May (Reuters) Last week, the attorney for Donald Trump stated that the former president of the United States had not yet made a decision regarding whether or not he would testify in his criminal trial that stems from hush money paid to a porn star. This would be an unusual and risky move, particularly in comparison to the ones that several high-profile defendants have made in their own recent cases.
This list includes five criminal trials in which the defendant provided testimony:
FTX was established by Sam Bankman-Fried.
During his trial in New York last year, the once-prominent figure in the financial technology industry testified in his own defense against allegations that he had defrauded consumers, investors, and lenders who had lent money to his cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.

In order to compensate for losses at his cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund, Alameda Research, Bankman-Fried allegedly misappropriated $8 billion in deposits from customers, according to the prosecution.
Bankman-Fried acknowledged that he had committed errors that ultimately resulted in losses for investors, but he stated that he was certain that Alameda possessed the assets necessary to repay FTX.
A sentence of twenty-five years in jail was handed down to Bankman-Fried after he was found guilty of seven counts of fraud and conspiracy. He is appealing both his conviction and the decision of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of seTheranos.
During her criminal trial in 2021, the founder of Theranos testified over the course of many days that she had no intention of defrauding investors in the blood-testing firm that has since been shut down.
Prosecutors accused Holmes of making false statements about Theranos, including the assertion that the company’s technology could perform a wide variety of diagnostic tests with only a drop of blood from a finger prick, which would be more accurate and faster than traditional laboratory testing.

During her testimony, Holmes stated that she was concentrating on the long-term potential of the company while she was communicating with investors or potential investors.
Four of the eleven counts against her were found guilty by a jury in San Jose, California, in January 2022, and she was sentenced to more than eleven years in prison for her conviction. Both her conviction and her sentence are being challenged by her.

Tom Barrack, CEO and founder of Colony Capital
During his trial in 2022, the individual who had previously worked as a private equity executive and as a fundraiser for Trump testified on charges of unlawfully functioning as an agent of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
On the stand in New York, he stated that he had attempted to foster conversation between the United States of America and Arab nations, and he denied that he had taken any direction from the United Arab Emirates.

In 2017, Barrack acted as the chairperson of the inaugural committee for the former president and also worked as an informal adviser to the campaign. He was found not guilty of all nine allegations which were brought against him.

Previously a partner at KPMG, David Middendorf and
Middendorf took the stand in 2019 and denied that he had participated in a conspiracy to gain secret information from an audit regulator in order to assist the KPMG accounting firm in passing inspections.
The testimony of Middendorf, who was the head of a department at KPMG, was presented during the trial that took place in Manhattan. He stated that he informed his supervisor about the material after discovering that another employee had gotten it.
Although he was found guilty during the trial, the charges against him were withdrawn after the United States Supreme Court issued a rule in 2020 that restricted the use of the wire fraud statute by the prosecution.
An executive from Privinvest named Jean Boustani
In 2019, the lead salesman for a shipbuilding firm in Lebanon was exonerated of charges that he assisted in the scam of investors from the United States who had purchased bonds that were backed by the government of Mozambique.
Boustani, a citizen of Lebanon, was accused of paying bribes and kickbacks of hundreds of millions of dollars to officials in Mozambique and bankers from Credit Suisse in order to obtain contracts and loans. The prosecution in New York brought the charges against Boustani.
The fact that Boustani paid authorities was never contested by him throughout his testimony in his own defense during the trial; nevertheless, he stated that he did not play any part in the packaging of the loans for investors.

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