Theranos: Elizabeth Holmes seeks new trial, cites key witness reversal

Theranos: Elizabeth Holmes seeks new trial, cites tee reversal less key


The founder of start-up Theranos, which promised to revolutionize blood testing and was convicted of fraud, requested a new trial on Tuesday, citing the reversal of a key witness.&nbsp ; 

Convicted in January by the jury of a federal court in San Jose (California), Elizabeth Holmes must, as it stands, see her sentence pronounced on September 26.

She faces 20 years in prison for each of the four counts against her.

In a letter sent Tuesday to federal judge Edward Davila, who presided over the 15-week trial between the beginning of September and the end of December 2021, Elizabeth Holmes' lawyers indicate that she received a visit from the former director in early August. from Theranos laboratory, Adam Rosendorff.

The latter did not see the 38-year-old entrepreneur, but spoke with his companion, William Evans, who related the conversation to the lawyers.< /p>

According to him, the researcher explained that he wanted to “honestly answer the questions” asked during the trial, but the prosecutors had “tried to present everyone (theranos alumni) in a bad light”.< /p>

“He said that the Crown presented things more negatively than the reality during his hearing,” continued William Evans.

In particular, he disputed the notion that Elizabeth Holmes had deliberately sought to mislead investors about Theranos results and outlook.

“Everyone was working hard to accomplish something good and meaningful,” insisted Adam Rosendorff, according to Elizabeth Holmes' companion. The doctor believes he “made a mistake” and says he wants to “help” his former boss.

For Elizabeth Holmes' lawyers, the intervention of Adam Rosendorff justifies the holding of a new trial, in particular because he “produced false testimony before the jury”.

If the judge refused to order a new trial on the sole basis of these new elements, the defense requests, at a minimum, a new hearing of Adam Rosendorff to clarify the content of his remarks.

Elizabeth Holmes has become one of the symbols of the excesses of Silicon Valley culture.

She had founded Theranos in 2003, when he was just 19 years old, and promised diagnostic tools that were faster and cheaper than traditional labs.

His charisma and confidence, as well as being a rare woman in an essentially male world, had enabled her to attract celebrities and leading investors to the bedside of a company which would prove to be to be a house of cards, unable to produce conclusive results.