Elizabeth Holmes trial likely delayed because she’s pregnant

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and former CEO of Theranos, comes for movement listening to on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at the U.S. District Court Property inside of Robert F. Peckham Federal Making in San Jose, California.

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Previous Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, whose criminal fraud trial was scheduled to get started in July, is inquiring for a delay due to the fact she’s pregnant.

In a court submitting on Friday, her protection lawyers and prosecutors questioned Judge Edward Davila to hold off the begin of her demo by 6 weeks to commence on August 31, 2021.

“On March 2, 2021, counsel for Defendant encouraged the govt that Defendant is pregnant, with an anticipated because of day in July 2021,” prosecutors and lawyers for Holmes publish. “The two parties agree that, in light-weight of this improvement, it is not possible to start off the demo on July 13, 2021.”

No other details ended up promptly out there.

The demo has by now been delayed a few times owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Holmes’ lawful staff was prepared to increase the challenge of mental health as part of her defense technique. In an before court docket filing, Holmes’ attorneys wrote they intend to introduce proof “relating to a mental condition or defect or any other mental issue of the defendant bearing on.. the difficulty of guilt.”

This would consist of specialist testimony from Dr. Mindy Mechanic, a medical psychology professor at California State College Fullerton, who in accordance to the University’s site “focuses on the psychosocial penalties of violence, trauma and victimization with an emphasis on violence in opposition to ladies and other varieties of interpersonal violence.”

The choose granted federal prosecutors the ability to carry out their have evaluation of Holmes’ mental health and be examined by two professionals, a psychologist and psychiatrist.

Holmes and her former COO Sunny Balwani are each and every struggling with a dozen legal wire fraud expenses and 20 years in prison for falsely professing Theranos know-how could run dozens of blood checks with just a fall or two of blood.

The Silicon Valley commence-up was the moment valued at $9 billion before shutting down in 2018.