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Elizabeth Holmes' Trial Delayed

Juror may have been exposed to COVID over Labor Day weekend
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2021 1:17 AM CDT
Elizabeth Holmes' Trial Delayed Over COVID Exposure
Elizabeth Holmes leaves the United States Federal Courthouse in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.   (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

(Newser) – The day after Elizabeth Holmes' trial began, it was delayed. At an emergency virtual hearing Thursday night, the judge told defense and prosecution lawyers that Juror #9 emailed him Thursday revealing he may have been exposed to COVID-19 over Labor Day weekend and was awaiting test results. Proceedings will resume next week in person at the San Jose, California, courtroom, CNBC reports. The judge noted his concern that this was happening so early in the trial, and expressed his hope that everyone involved "continues to be safe." The prosecution, noting concerns about moving things forward in the former Theranos CEO's trial, pointed out that the juror is vaccinated, has no symptoms, and may or may not have had a close contact with an infected person.

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"I think at the stage we’re in it would be safe to proceed with trial tomorrow but I understand that the court might determine especially in the beginning to be a little bit safer, to be extra careful," a US assistant attorney said. "I think we have a little bit of concern about just the total number of witnesses that we want to call over the next several months in this trial. But I cannot tell the court that one day tomorrow really is what makes the difference." More of the latest Holmes headlines:

  • Texts with ex-boyfriend: Prosecutors this week released six pages of texts between Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, her former boyfriend as well as the former president and COO of Theranos, Insider reports. Some are romantic, and could be used to challenge Holmes' claims of an abusive relationship, while others offer a look at how the couple handled the first inklings of trouble with the company.
  • Extravagant expenses: Defense attorneys filed paperwork asking the judge to block testimony from a former Theranos finance officer regarding Holmes' using company funds for private expenses including jewelry and luxury travel, CNBC reports.
(Read more Elizabeth Holmes stories.)

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