Vigil Griffith, a former Ethereum developer and researcher accused of aiding North Koreans to bypass US restrictions at a conference this past April, has now filed a motion to the Southern District of New York to dismiss his case. As per his legal representatives, Atty. Brian Klein and Atty. Sean Buckley, the indictment against their client is short, unclear, and lacks supporting facts to prove that Griffith’s actions were indeed in violation of the law.
Vigil Griffith was accused by the now-former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, of purposefully jeopardizing the regulations set in place by the Congress and the President itself to hinder the threat of North Korea’s regime. As per Berman, Griffith violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) the moment he set foot on North Korea and allegedly educated its government to skid over the US economic sanctions. Notably, Griffith was put in jail last November 2019 but has since been released on bail.
Griffith’s attorneys insisted that their client was merely attending the conference and talked about specific information available to the public. They claim that it is but Griffith’s regular routine in every conference that he attends all over the world. The motion argues that the government is accusing Griffith heavily, when in fact, all it has is theories. The government is yet to respond to the dismissal motion submitted by Vigil Griffith’s legal party.