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Elizabeth Holmes trial delayed after juror doubtlessly uncovered to Covid


Elizabeth Holmes, founding father of Theranos Inc., left, arrives at federal courtroom 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 courtroom that he had been doubtlessly uncovered to Covid and was awaiting check outcomes.

In an emergency Zoom listening to late Thursday, U.S. District Court docket Choose Edward Davila informed attorneys for Holmes and the federal government that he had obtained an e-mail from juror #9 on Thursday indicating he might have been uncovered over the vacation weekend however was not experiencing signs.

“It is somewhat, I do not need to say ominous, however it’s of concern that earlier than we end the primary witness we’ve got a problem,” Davila stated. “For our sake, across the county there are nonetheless excessive numbers and we hope all people continues to be secure.”

The federal government nonetheless pushed again, expressing concern over delaying the trial given the quantity of witnesses they plan to name. U.S. Assistant Lawyer, Jeff Schenk, informed the decide that the juror was vaccinated, not presently displaying signs and it was unclear whether or not he had skilled a detailed contact with Covid-19.

“I believe on the stage we’re in it might be secure to proceed with trial tomorrow however I perceive that the courtroom would possibly decide particularly to start with to be somewhat bit safer, to be additional cautious,” Schenk stated.

He later added, “I believe we’ve got somewhat little bit of concern about simply the full variety of witnesses that we need to name over the following a number of months on this trial. However I can’t inform the courtroom that at some point tomorrow actually is what makes the distinction. That is not the problem.”

The extremely anticipated trial started on Wednesday with opening statements. Preventative measures have been on show within the packed San Jose courtroom with plexiglass panels in entrance of the decide, 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 going through a dozen counts of wire fraud and conspiracy. She has pled not responsible.