San Jose, Calif. — The defense attorney for the confused Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has raised the issue of a fair trial in the possibility of disclosing personal information, beliefs and customs of the jury.
Eleven media companies, including NBCUniversal, are asking judges to publish jury questionnaires. US District Court Judge Edward Davila initially told the jury that their questionnaire, intended to identify potential biases in jury selection, remained secret.
Davira met individually with each of the jury to discuss the disclosure of their personal information.
Holmes’ attorney, Kevin Downey, told the judge Wednesday that opening the jury’s questionnaire at this time would hinder Holmes’ right to a fair trial. .. “Many [juror] Comments raise concerns. “
“We need to make sure that none of the jury has reported a reaction affecting his ability to serve,” Downey told the judge. Davila said he would hold a hearing in the next five weeks to decide whether to open the questionnaire.
The jury responded to a 28-page comprehensive survey asking questions about media exposure, health care considerations, venture capital investing, religious beliefs, and other topics.
The form also includes the jury’s name, education level, profession, criminal record and other personal information.
NBC News legal analyst Danny Savelos said, “I think jurors would err on the side of worrying about what’s being published. It’s a very high-profile trial and I know it’s going to be investigated.” is going.”
“It’s not common to open a jury questionnaire in the middle of a trial,” Savelos said, but “the media is currently interested in knowing what’s going on with this jury.” where did it go.
The jury that will determine Holmes’ fate consists of eight men, four women and three agents. She was dismissed last week after a jury was told she was Buddhist and was concerned about voting for imprisonment.
“When they answered the questionnaire, they probably had no idea that it would explode in other parts of the world,” Savelos said. “It can make them uncomfortable.”
Stanford Dropout Homes, who founded Theranos when he was 19, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $3 million fine if convicted. Prosecutors allege she was involved in a multimillion-dollar scam that misled investors and patients about her company’s blood testing technology. Holmes pleaded not guilty.
At that height, Theranos was worth $9 million. Holmes once attracted world leaders in business and politics who invested in Theranos and served on the board of directors. Many of them are witnesses to his criminal trial.
Former Walgreens Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon stood on the stand after late morning. Michelon told the jury that Walgreens had invested $140 million in Theranos and installed Edison blood testers in 40 stores in Arizona and California.
Micron Island testified that the in-store testing center was said to be “better, faster and cheaper.” An executive who worked at Walgreens from 2008 to 2014 said he understands that his customers “test blood on Edison devices.”
Walgreens terminated its partnership with Theranos in 2016 and eventually sued the Silicon Valley startup for a breach of contract.
Michelon was the second retailer to be heard by the jury in the trial. Steve Bird, the former CEO of Safeway, testified for two days that he was initially fascinated by Holmes, but after repeated delays, he was dissatisfied with the nearly $400 million partnership.
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