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Client’s Luxurious Lifestyle Might Prejudice Jurors, Attorneys Claim

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November 25, 2020

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes got used to being in the spotlight while the company she founded was being touted as a revolutionizing healthcare provider. She claimed the process her company developed could diagnose anything from diabetes to cancer with just a drop or two of blood. Holmes became a billionaire, employing personal assistants to run shopping sprees, traveled by private jet and stayed at exclusive hotels. Then an investigation exposed Theranos’s unproven technology and dubious business practices and the bottom fell out. Now she’s preparing for trial, facing a potential 20 year sentence, and her defense attorneys don’t want her luxury-laden past to be discussed in the courtroom – claiming it will prejudice a jury. “The amount of money Ms. Holmes earned in her position at Theranos, how she chose to spend that money, and the identities of people with whom she associated simply have no relevance to Ms. Holmes’ guilt or innocence,” her attorneys wrote in a motion filed Nov. 20.“Many CEOs live in luxurious housing, buy expensive vehicles and clothing, travel luxuriously and associate with famous people – as the government claims Ms. Holmes did.”

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