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Top Lawyer Accuses Hinman of Attacking XRP, Alleges He Was Paid to “Give ETH Free Pass”


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Pro-XRP attorney Jeremy Hogan speculates that Ripple thinks an Ethereum official paid Hinman.

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Top Lawyer Says Hinman Speech An Attack On XRP, Alleges Hinman Was Paid to “Give ETH Free Pass”

The recently-released Hinman’s emails and the drafts of William Hinman’s June 2018 speech have continued to stir up controversy within the crypto industry. Most recently, attorney Jeremy Hogan disclosed speculations that the Ethereum Foundation might have paid Hinman to give ETH a free pass.

Hinman’s Emails 

For context, Hinman’s emails related to internal deliberations at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission leading up to Hinman’s infamous speech.

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The document showed how top SEC officials tried to stop the former director of SEC’s Corporation Finance, William Hinman, from giving the speech.

A case in point was the Head of SEC’s Trading & Markets (T&M) warning Hinman that the speech could cause greater confusion in the market. The top official also warned that the speech was “divorced from Howey’s factors” and contained no law basis.

Despite these warnings, Hinman still gave the controversial speech while declaring Ethereum (ETH) as a non-security on the ground that the crypto asset had become “sufficiently decentralized” since its inception.

The document also revealed that Hinman spoke with Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin while drafting the speech. Following these controversies, many are questioning the motivation behind the infamous speech.

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Ethereum Bribed Hinman

In a CryptoLaw live cast yesterday, attorney John Deaton, former SEC lawyer Marc Fagel, and pro-XRP lawyer Jeremy Hogan delved deeper into some of these controversies. 

During the discussion, Hogan noted that Ripple had been nibbling around what motivated Hinman to give the speech because it did not want to accuse anyone. 

However, he speculated that Ripple’s position on the matter is that an Ethereum official bribed Hinman to give ETH a free pass during the speech. 

“My speculation is that Ripple [is saying] Bill Hinman was somehow paid, and he was paid by the Ethereum Foundation or someone related to Ethereum to give the speech, give Ethereum a free pass,” said attorney Hogan.


From the emails, Hogan stated that it was obvious that Hinman was pushing to give ETH a free pass. 

“We really see in these emails that right from the get-go, he [Hinman] even named the title of his first email as ‘the Ether speech.’ Right from the get-go, he is saying that ETH is not a security, and that was the point of him making the speech,” Hogan remarked.

Hogan Says Hinman’s Speech Was an Attack on XRP & Ripple

The pro-XRP lawyer stated that Hinman came up with specific factors to back his stance on why ETH is not a security, which includes “decentralization” and “how many tokens a promoter holds.”

According to attorney Hogan, these factors, which have no basis in law, could be viewed as an attack on XRP and Ripple. He pointed out that at the time of the speech, Ripple had massive control of XRP Ledger (XRPL) validators, and the company also held over half of the total 100 billion XRP that will ever exist.

“To cut to the chase, Ripple was saying that one [the speech] was an Ethereum free pass but was also an attack – a hit piece on XRP, which was at the time ETH’s biggest competition,” Hogan added.

Notably, XRP is the only asset to have surpassed Ethereum’s market capitalization. XRP overtook ETH to become the second-largest crypto asset in May 2017, December 2017, and September 2018.

Hogan Says No Bombshell in Hinman’s Emails

Furthermore, attorney Hogan stressed that no bombshell in Hinman’s emails could help Ripple win its case against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

He asserted that people expected that one of SEC’s top officials would ask about XRP during the internal deliberations leading up to the speech. However, nothing of such happened, Hogan stated.

Interestingly, Delphi Labs’ General Counsel Gabriel Shapiro shares the same sentiment as Hogan. Although Shapiro thinks Hinman’s emails do not have a bombshell to help Ripple win the SEC lawsuit, he noted that the documents would help the blockchain company’s fair notice defense.

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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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