Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes seeks new trial
Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes referred to as for a brand new trial Tuesday after a key witness for prosecutors mentioned “he had completed one thing improper” throughout his testimony in opposition to the convicted rip-off artist, her authorized staff alleged Tuesday.
Holmes’ courtroom submitting claims former Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff now regrets his function in serving to convict her of fees that would land her behind bars for 20 years. She is at present free on bail earlier than sentencing scheduled Oct. 17 in California.
Holmes, 38, was discovered responsible earlier this 12 months of three counts of wire fraud and one rely of conspiracy to commit fraud. Jurors decided she intentionally misled traders in regards to the medical tech startup’s enterprise and the effectiveness of its blood-testing machine.
Rosendorff testified he constantly raised issues about how correct Theranos blood assessments utilized by sufferers had been whereas he was with the corporate in 2013 and 2014. However a 17-page authorized temporary describes a person who now might need second ideas about his testimony.
On Aug. 8, Rosendorff went to Holmes’ house which she shares with associate William Evans in accordance with the submitting. He solely noticed Evans, who advised him to go away, Holmes’ attorneys mentioned.
However earlier than he left, Rosendorff advised Evans “he tried to reply the questions actually however that the prosecutors tried to make everybody look unhealthy” and now believes “he had completed one thing improper,” whereas testifying, the submitting alleges.
Earlier than that random go to, he left a voicemail for considered one of her attorneys asking to fulfill with Holmes, believing it may very well be “fairly therapeutic” for each of them, the submitting states.
Rosendorff’s testimony was referenced in prosecutors’ closing argument and by a federal choose when a movement to put aside the responsible verdict was rejected.
Holmes’ attorneys haven’t been in a position to get further ideas from Rosendorff about his testimony for moral causes. A listening to is likely to be held subsequent month about whether or not a brand new trial needs to be set.
Whereas convicted of 4 counts, Holmes was additionally discovered not responsible by the identical jury on fees of fraud and conspiracy in opposition to sufferers who used Theranos blood testing.
The Related Press reached out to Rosendorff, who declined remark to them.
With Submit wires