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Tornado Cash Legal Saga: DOJ Presents Evidence of Developer Control

Published 04/27/2024, 08:00 PM
Updated 04/27/2024, 08:15 PM
Tornado Cash Legal Saga: DOJ Presents Evidence of Developer Control

  • The U.S. DOJ rejected the request of Tornado Cash developer Roman Storm to dismiss criminal charges.
  • DOJ believes the defense’s filing carries disputed facts that are more suitable for jury consideration.
  • The DOJ presented screenshots to illustrate the disputed functionality of Tornado Cash.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice rejected Tornado Cash developer Roman Storm’s request to dismiss criminal charges. They argued that the defense’s filing contained disputed facts more suitable for jury consideration than early-stage motion arguments.

For context, Storm and fellow developer Roman Semenov face charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The U.S. government alleged the crypto developers of operating an unlicensed money transmitter and violating laws by creating Tornado Cash, a crypto mixing service anonymizing blockchain transactions.

U.S. authorities have alleged that entities like North Korea’s Lazarus Group have laundered funds through Tornado Cash. Meanwhile, Storm’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the indictment late last month.

They contend that Tornado Cash does not qualify as a custodial mixing service, nor does it meet th…

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