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Pro-XRP Lawyer Highlights How Hinman Emails Will Help Ripple and Coinbase


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Pro-XRP attorney John Deaton believes the documents will help Ripple and Coinbase in the Court of Public Opinion.

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With Hinman’s emails expected to be made public tomorrow, crypto community members continue to speculate the extent of the document’s impact on the crypto industry and the SEC’s intense crackdown.

Notably, Hinman’s emails are related to the drafts of former SEC official William Hinman’s June 2018 speech on cryptocurrencies.

In a tweet yesterday, CryptoLaw founder attorney John Deaton said Hinman’s emails would not change the application of Howey. However, the documents will show the difficulty in applying the 1930s/40s precedent to modern-day technology.

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Howey Test Analysis

It bears mentioning that the Howey test is a legal test used in the US to examine whether a transaction constitutes an investment contract. It was established in 1946 by the United States Supreme Court in the lawsuit between the SEC and W.J. Howey Co.

Under Howey, a transaction requires an investment of money in a common enterprise with the expectation of profit from the efforts of others. A transaction is deemed a security once it satisfies all prongs of the Howey test. Since Howey’s inception, the test has been applied in numerous securities-related lawsuits, including the ongoing SEC vs. Ripple cases.

Hinman’s Emails Might Prompt Bipartisan Congress Efforts

Attorney Deaton did not comment on whether Hinman’s emails will be instrumental in the ongoing SEC vs. Ripple legal tussle.

According to Deaton, the exchange of emails will serve as a valuable asset for Coinbase and Ripple in shaping public perception while stimulating bipartisan endeavors in Congress to promote the implementation of favorable legislation concerning cryptocurrencies.

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Deaton made this known while reacting to his previous tweet about the upcoming fifth anniversary of Hinman’s speech. The CryptoLaw founder noted that Brett Redfern, former Director of SEC’s Trading & Markets warned that Hinman’s speech would cause market confusion.

Hinman’s Speech

Recall that Hinman issued the controversial speech on June 14, 2018, at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto. The speech has become integral to the ongoing SEC vs. Ripple lawsuit.

It is worth noting that the most controversial aspect of Hinman’s speech was his declaration of Bitcoin and Ethereum as non-securities. However, Hinman did not comment on XRP even though the asset was among the top three cryptos at the time of the speech.

With the SEC suing Ripple in December 2020, the blockchain company requested the drafts of Hinman’s speech to support its fair notice defense. Ripple needed the document to learn more about how Hinman concluded that Bitcoin and Ethereum are no longer securities.

Interestingly, the SEC fought tooth and nail to ensure the document was inadmissible in its lawsuit against Ripple. However, Judge Sarah Netburn, one of the Judges in the SEC vs. Ripple case, ordered the SEC to surrender the documents to the blockchain company.

Months after surrendering the documents to Ripple, the SEC still filed a motion to seal the content of the emails. Again, Judge Analisa Torres denied SEC’s motion to seal Hinman’s docs while ordering the documents to be released to the public. Hinman’s docs are expected to be made public tomorrow, June 13, 2023.

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Lele Jima
Lele Jima
Lele Jima is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and journalist who is focused on educating people about how the nascent asset class is transforming the world. Aside from cryptocurrency-related activities, Jima is a lover of sports and music.

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