Jury choice begins on Tuesday within the long-awaited trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founding father of the blood testing start-up Theranos who faces a dozen counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
On the coronary heart of the trial are questions of what precisely Ms. Holmes, 37, knew of the issues with Theranos’s blood-testing units and whether or not she deliberately misled buyers over the corporate’s know-how. If convicted, she may serve as much as 20 years in jail.
The case has captured public consideration as one other instance of a Silicon Valley start-up gone flawed. However Theranos was uncommon in that it was led by a female entrepreneur. Ms. Holmes exploited that distinction, utilizing it to construct consideration. She typically wore a Steve Jobs-esque uniform of a black turtleneck and spoke in an unusually deep voice. Earlier than Theranos fell from grace, Ms. Holmes was topped the world’s youngest billionaire and recurrently posed for journal covers.
Her excessive profile could pose a problem for jury choice. Prosecutors and her protection attorneys could discover it tough to choose jurors who haven’t already made up their minds in regards to the case. Round half of the 200 potential jurors had already consumed media associated to the case, in keeping with court docket filings final week.
Potential jurors have stuffed out a 28-page questionnaire asking them about their media consumption habits, medical historical past and data of greater than 200 potential witnesses. An even more extensive questionnaire put forth by Ms. Holmes’s authorized crew included greater than 100 questions. In June, it was rejected by Choose Edward Davila of U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of California, who’s overseeing the case. The trial is in San Jose, Calif.
Jury choice is predicted to increase into Wednesday and will run longer. Opening arguments begin subsequent week.