Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of blood testing and life sciences company Theranos, arrives outside the federal court in San Jose, California, on the first day of her fraud trial. September 8, 2021.
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San Jose, California. -The confused Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ defense lawyer has raised the issue of fair trial in the possibility of disclosing the jury’s personal information, beliefs and customs.
Eleven media companies, including NBCUniversal, are asking judges to publish a jury questionnaire. Judge Edward Davila of the US District Court initially told the jury that their questionnaire, which aimed to identify potential biases in choosing a jury, remained secret.
Davira met with each jury individually to discuss the disclosure of their personal information.
Holmes lawyer Kevin Downey told the judge Wednesday that opening the jury’s questionnaire at this point would hamper Holmes’ right to a fair trial. .. “Several [juror] Comments raise concerns. “
“We need to make sure that no jury has reported a reaction affecting their ability to serve,” Downey told the judge. Davila said he would hold a hearing over the next five weeks to decide whether to open the questionnaire.
The jury responded to an extensive 28-page survey asking about media exposure, health care views, venture capital investment, religious beliefs, and other topics.
This form also contains the jury’s name, education level, profession, criminal record, and other personal information.
NBC News legal analyst Danny Sevalos said, “I think juries will make mistakes on the side of worrying about what’s being published. This is a very high-profile trial and they are I know that is being scrutinized. “
“It’s not common to open a jury questionnaire in the middle of a trial,” Cevallos said, but “the media is currently interested in knowing what’s happening to this jury.” Stated.
The jury that determines Holmes’ fate consists of eight men, four women, and three agents. A jury was dismissed last week after revealing that she was a Buddhist and was concerned about voting for imprisonment.
“When they answered the questionnaire, they probably didn’t have the idea that it would explode in other parts of the world,” Sevalos said. “It may make them uncomfortable.”
Holmes, a Stanford dropout who founded Theranos at the age of 19, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $ 3 million fine if convicted. Prosecutors allege that she was involved in a multi-million dollar scam that misleads investors and patients about her company’s blood testing technology. Holmes pleaded not guilty.
At that height, Theranos was valued at $ 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 her criminal trial.
Former Walgreens Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon stood on the stand following a 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 test center was said to be “better, faster, and cheaper.” An executive who worked at Walgreens from 2008 to 2014 said he understood that his customers “blood is tested on Edison devices.”
Walgreens He ended his partnership with Theranos in 2016 and eventually sued a Silicon Valley startup for a contract breach.
Michelon was the second retailer the jury heard at the trial. Former Safeway CEO Steve Burd testified for two days that he was initially fascinated by Holmes, but after repeated delays, he complained about the nearly $ 400 million partnership.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/13/jurors-in-elizabeth-holmes-trial-raise-concerns-about-questionnaires-with-personal-information-being-released.html A jury in the Elizabeth Holmes trial has expressed concern about a survey that reveals personal information.