The long-awaited criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO and founder of Theranos, has selected a jury of 7 men and 5 women. Twelve jurors and five alternate jurors were sworn in on Thursday.
The opening speech is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 8.
Holmes’ lawyers, federal prosecutors, and Judge Edward Davila questioned more than 80 potential jurors in the San Jose Federal Court over two days, asking them about their media consumption related to Sherlock Holmes, Theranos, and the trial, and their impact on law enforcement. Everything you feel and whether they or any loved ones have experienced domestic abuse.
When Holmes attended the two-day questioning and was selected by the jury, she was charged more than three years ago with more than a dozen federal fraud and conspiracy charges, accusing her of deliberately misleading investors, patients, and doctors about her abilities The company’s proprietary blood testing technology. She has pleaded not guilty and will face up to 20 years in prison.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the trial has been postponed many times and further postponed due to the birth of Holmes’ first child in July, which is expected to last approximately 13 weeks.
Over the years, the mass media coverage of Holmes only increased before her trial. This is an important issue in the search for fair and just jurors. The case involves many intertwining factors of health care and technology, as well as allegations of intimate partner violence, which also complicates the search for the jurors who will ultimately determine the fate of Holmes.
(Including: a retired registered nurse married a retired laboratory technician who is familiar with the company’s story; a person who worked at Safeway and was a partner of Theranos; another said she was a representative of surviving domestic violence The author’s lawyer, she had listened to a podcast about the company with her husband (a scientist at a biotech company).)
In the heyday of the company, the 37-year-old Holmes was a high-profile target. As a Stanford University dropout, she expressed fear of injections. She founded Theranos in 2003 at the age of 19 to revolutionize blood testing. She raised hundreds of millions of dollars from well-known personalities, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Wal-Mart’s Walton family, and former Education Secretary Beziedworth. She was hailed as the richest self-made woman and “the next Steve Jobs” on the cover of the magazine, and she helped shape this image by wearing the iconic black turtleneck sweater. At its peak, her startup company was worth 9 billion U.S. dollars.
Driven by reporter John Carreyrou’s 2015 investigation into The Wall Street Journal, her company’s collapse did not diminish the spotlight-documentaries, upcoming limited series, and planned feature films with at least two podcasts covering trials. . Before jury selection, nearly 200 prospective jurors completed a 28-page final jury questionnaire. According to a court document submitted last week, about half of the people responded that they had read the media about the case.
However, many people were brought in anyway and asked further about the matter. A potential juror said that she saw a “rabbit hole” about Sherlock Holmes and Theranos on YouTube. Another person said that he had read “countless” articles about the company and admitted that he had formed a strong opinion before being summoned to participate in the trial. (Both were fired.)
Potential jurors were also asked if they had experienced intimate partner violence. Many people shared their experiences, and some were emotional when they recalled their stories.
The relevance of the topic became clear when the court publicized documents over the weekend that she might have claimed that she and her ex-boyfriend Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani (Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani) had an abusive relationship that lasted for a decade. Get up as part of her defense. .