Ripple: SEC Removes Hinman Bio From Website

Paigambar Mohan Raj
Source: Coinpedia

The U.S. SEC has removed former chair William Hinman’s bio from its website. Although the page still exists, the text about Hinman has been removed. The website currently only shows that Hinman was the Division of Corporation Finance Director from May 17 to December 2020. December 2020 was also the month when the SEC filed its lawsuit against Ripple. Many have taken notice of the removal of Hinman’s bio. Some have even suggested that the SEC might throw the former chair “under the bus.”

Hinman is a central figure in the SEC vs. Ripple lawsuit. A speech made by the former chair is one of the most sought-after documents in the trial. Moreover, the speech could potentially turn the case towards a Ripple-friendly verdict.

Why is the Hinman speech so important in the Ripple lawsuit?

At the Yahoo Markets Summit in 2018, Hinman delivered a public speech. He claimed in his lecture that Ethereum (ETH) changed from being a security to a non-security. At the time, the SEC had not provided adequate guidelines on how digital assets would be categorized. Hence, the speech plays an important role to prove the crypto firm‘s innocence. The firm has been accused of selling unregistered securities worth billions.

Furthermore, Hinman also participated in a string of emails that addressed XRP’s suitability for classification as a security, or lack thereof. The email highlighted that Hinman and those he has spoken with, do not agree that XRP meets all the criteria to qualify as a security under the Howey test.

The SEC has argued that Ripple cannot use the emails as evidence in court because they are not admissible. Judge Analisa Torres, who is presiding over the SEC vs. Ripple dispute, overturned this argument. Judge Torres now requests that the SEC deliver an unredacted copy of all Hinman emails by June 13.