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XRP Attorney John Deaton Stands Firm in Defense of Judge Torres’ Ruling

XRP attorney John Deaton has taken a strong stance in response to critics of Judge Torres’ recent ruling on the SEC’s case against Ripple. Deaton, a vocal challenger of the SEC’s actions involving cryptocurrencies, particularly XRP, used a series of tweets to rebuke those who questioned Torres’ decision.

Setting the record straight, Deaton clarified that he would have taken legal action against the SEC if he had owned Bitcoin (BTC) in 2013, during the time when officials were declaring it as a security. Just as he has done in the current Ripple XRP situation, he emphasized that his actions would have been motivated by principle, not personal gain. He stressed that his investments in BTC and Ethereum (ETH) were significantly larger than his stake in XRP, reaffirming that his legal actions are driven by a quest for fairness.

Addressing the SEC’s differential treatment of Ethereum and XRP, Deaton highlighted a clash with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. He firmly defended his criticism of the SEC’s approach, presenting a timeline of facts rather than resorting to conspiracy theories. His opposition to the SEC’s overreach, he stressed, was not merely as an XRP investor but as an advocate for fair and transparent regulations in the cryptocurrency market.

In his final tweets, Deaton ardently supported Judge Torres’ ruling, stating that it was based on a strict application of the Howey factors. Notably, he pointed out that the SEC had failed to establish a common enterprise factor for XRP, further reinforcing the legitimacy of the decision. Deaton also expressed confidence in Judge Torres’ track record on appeal, predicting that the SEC would face an uphill battle in attempting to reverse her ruling.

Through his unwavering defense of Judge Torres’ decision and critical analysis of the SEC’s actions, John Deaton sends a powerful message to those questioning the ruling: fairness and principled advocacy must be at the forefront of cryptocurrency regulation. As the cryptocurrency market continues to evolve, maintaining transparency and equitable treatment will be key in fostering trust and growth in the industry.


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