Elizabeth Holmes, founding father of Theranos Inc., left, arrives at federal court docket in San Jose, California, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.
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The fraud trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes got here to a grinding halt when a juror disclosed to the court docket that he had been probably uncovered to Covid and was awaiting take a look at outcomes.
In an emergency Zoom listening to late Thursday, U.S. District Courtroom Choose Edward Davila advised attorneys for Holmes and the federal government that he had obtained an electronic mail from juror #9 on Thursday indicating he might have been uncovered over the vacation weekend however was not experiencing signs.
“It is a little bit, I do not need to say ominous, but it surely’s of concern that earlier than we end the primary witness now we have a problem,” Davila mentioned. “For our sake, across the county there are nonetheless excessive numbers and we hope all people continues to be secure.”
The federal government nevertheless pushed again, expressing concern over delaying the trial given the quantity of witnesses they plan to name. U.S. Assistant Lawyer, Jeff Schenk, advised the choose that the juror was vaccinated, not at the moment displaying signs and it was unclear whether or not he had skilled an in depth contact with Covid-19.
“I feel on the stage we’re in it might be secure to proceed with trial tomorrow however I perceive that the court docket may decide particularly at first to be a little bit bit safer, to be further cautious,” Schenk mentioned.
He later added, “I feel now we have a little bit little bit of concern about simply the whole variety of witnesses that we need to name over the following a number of months on this trial. However I can’t inform the court docket that someday tomorrow actually is what makes the distinction. That is not the problem.”
The extremely anticipated trial started on Wednesday with opening statements. Preventative measures had been on show within the packed San Jose courtroom with plexiglass panels in entrance of the choose, on the finish of the jury field and the place attorneys communicate. The courtroom has additionally put in quite a few air purifiers and an improved filtration system.
Holmes is dealing with a dozen counts of wire fraud and conspiracy. She has pled not responsible.