Judges in the Holmes trial tell the jury that they can’t bring instructions home

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, arrived on December 17, 2021 to attend her fraud trial in federal court in San Jose, California.

Peter Da Silva | Reuters

San Jose, CA — After 14 hours of deliberation, a jury in a criminal trial at Elizabeth Holmes asked Judge Edward Davila on Tuesday if he could bring back instructions for review.

Davira, who presided over the three-month case, denied their request.

“The jury cannot take the instructions home and confirm them,” Davira told the court. “The court considers it engaged in deliberations. All deliberations must only take place in the jury trial room.”

Holmes’s defense lawyer and the prosecutor in this case agreed. The jury was not present during Davira’s response because he remained in the jury trial room.

The jury was handed the case late Friday afternoon, primarily after hearing from 32 witnesses from the prosecution. Holmes, 37, has been charged with nine wire frauds and two plots of wire fraud. She was a major witness called by the defense.

Holmes, who has been acquitted, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. A jury request late Tuesday shows that in the eyes of the twelve people deciding Holmes’ fate, it may not be an openable case.

The jury will be closed tomorrow and will resume deliberations on Thursday at 8:30 am PST.

Holmes arrived in San Jose court on Tuesday with her lawyers, Lance Wade and Kevin Downey. Her parents and partner Billy Evans were also present and sat side by side behind her. Holmes accepted Evans shortly after saying that Davira was fired for the day.

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