SEC vs Ripple: SEC to release unredacted Hinman speech docs in Ripple case tomorrow

The ongoing legal battle between Ripple and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to take an unexpected turn this week as the SEC prepares to release unredacted documents related to a speech given by William Hinman, a former high-ranking SEC official.

The release of these documents, scheduled for June 13, holds significant implications for the outcome of the SEC v Ripple case, which has been in progress since December 2020. The SEC had previously made multiple attempts to shield the documents under attorney-client privilege since 2021, but the court denied their final motion to seal the documents in mid-May.

The unredacted speech-related documents have the potential to materially influence the case and its outcome. Furthermore, the content of these documents may put pressure on US lawmakers to reevaluate the SEC’s regulatory approach, which has relied heavily on enforcement-based regulation. This approach has resulted in charges against various platforms, including Binance US, Binance, Binance CEO CZ, and Coinbase (COIN).

If there are indications of a potential settlement between the SEC and Ripple, it could have a positive impact not only on Ripple’s cryptocurrency, XRP but also on the broader crypto market.

XRP has faced a 5.70% decline for the week, currently priced at $0.50435. The SEC’s actions and the news surrounding Binance have weighed heavily on cryptocurrency.

In light of these developments, there is growing recognition among lawmakers, particularly on the Republican side, of the need for regulatory clarity in the US digital asset space. The lack of a clear regulatory framework and the SEC’s approach to regulation by enforcement have created challenges for the industry.

The release of the unredacted William Hinman speech-related documents could motivate the US administration to revisit the extent of regulatory power wielded by the SEC. Additionally, discussions surrounding the Digital Asset Market Structure Draft Bill offer hope for a potential shift in the regulatory landscape. However, bipartisan support is crucial for the bill’s progress and for creating a more conducive environment for the crypto market as a whole.