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Elizabeth Holmes’ taste for travel, celebrity admissible evidence in Theranos trial

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May 24, 2021

Federal prosecutors will be enabled to highlight Theranos creator Elizabeth Holmes' taste for globe-trotting and celeb in her approaching scams trial, a judge ruled, after her attorneys argued that such details could enflame jurors' “class prejudice.”

Holmes' glamorous lifestyle included traveling by personal jet, driving a pricey SUV and staying in expensive hotels while hobnobbing with prominent pals and backers like previous United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and previous Defense Secretary James Mattis.

United States district attorneys in Holmes' approaching trial, which is slated to start in August after Holmes' lawyers requested a hold-up due to her pregnancy, argued that the disgraced businesswoman's extravagant lifestyle and relationships with effective people incentivized her to dedicate scams.

Holmes' lawyers retorted in February that details about Holmes' way of life should not be confessed since they might spark “class prejudice” in jurors.

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Theranos was when valued at $9 billion and Elizabeth Holmes' standard of living reflected wealth on that scale.
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Judge Edward Davila, who is overseeing the case, threaded the needle between prosecution and defense by determining that info about Holmes' travel, wage and taste for celeb are admissible proof, but that information on other elements of her way of life are not.

” The Federal government might present evidence that Holmes enjoyed a way of life as Theranos CEO that is comparable to those of other tech company CEOs. This consists of salary, travel, celebrity, and other perks and benefits commensurate with the position,” Davila composed in a court file submitted Saturday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

” Nevertheless, recommendations to particular purchases or details showing branding of clothes, hotels, or other personal items is not relevant, and the prejudicial result of that evidence outweighs any probative value.”

Elizabeth Holmes took pleasure in luxe lodgings prior to her downfall for making incorrect claims about her company's innovation.
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Holmes, who was indicted for fraud alongside former Theranos chief operating officer Ramesh Balwani in 2018, was as soon as the world's youngest female self-made billionaire. Her now-defunct business, which wrongly claimed it had actually established innovation to perform quick medical tests using tiny quantities of blood, was once valued at $9 billion.

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