The defense has argued that the accuracy and reliability of the company’s tests were not Holmes’ responsibility, and that the legal responsibility fell to those running the lab.
an outside scientist
The only other witness to take the stand this week was Victoria Sung, a scientist who spoke with Theranos around 2009 while working at the bio pharma company Celgene. Celgene had struck a deal with Theranos to run blood tests for a drug. Developed to help treat anemia, Sung testifies.
But the company ultimately decided against using Theranos, she said, because compared to more established companies its “results don’t match or coordinate or align as much as we would like.”
An Update on Holmes’ Potential Abuse Defense
More court documents related to the pre-trial bombings were removed this week, in which Holmes may claim she was the victim of intimate partner violence at the hands of her ex-boyfriend and former Theranos chief operating officer, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani . The defense’s argument would be that, because she relied on him in that context, there was no intention to defraud her.
By order of Judge Edward Davila from May 2021, Holmes will be able to introduce his expert witness to this defense, despite the government keeping it out of trial, after Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal This week was unheard of. , a piece of the filing was taken to the public.
More details on Holmes’ level of privacy
Other documents that remained unsealed this week also included notes from two interviews with former employees who spoke to the government about their knowledge of the relationship between Holmes and Balwani. One of the employees was a former personal assistant and described Holmes as “very private.”
Some of the sensitive items involved Holmes’ food preferences. The employee told the government, “The inventory of Holmes’s residence and his restocking of food at work was kept private.” “Holmes was private about this because she had been a vegetarian for a period and didn’t want it to be made a big deal.”
A second former employee, whose job included ensuring non-disclosure agreements, said that “everyone had to sign nondisclosure agreements upon arrival in Theranos, including the person who watered the plants.” had come.”
an important witness
During cross-examination on Friday, Rosendorff, the former director of Theranos Lab, emerged as one of the key witnesses in the trial. It was his fourth day of testimony and he is set to continue for another full day on Tuesday – the longest by any witness so far.
In October 2014, Rosendorff was forwarded emails from concerned physicians who wanted to talk to someone in the lab about a patient’s test results. A week passed after the follow-up email, and Rosendorff still had not returned the call.
In another instance in October, a doctor had spoken to Rosendorff before asking for a follow-up call with her. Rosendorff, who was responsible for answering medical questions, was slow to respond.
“I didn’t think I had a good explanation for the abnormal testosterone levels, and I really didn’t know I could tell the doctor much more than that on the first phone call,” Rosendorff said.
The defense was attempting to show that Rosendorff was evading his responsibilities, and was trying to find inconsistencies in his reasoning that he was kept out of the loop as flaws in Theranos’ trial were becoming more apparent.
“I was getting frustrated at the inability to explain the discrepant results,” Rosendorff said. “It culminated on one or two occasions with clinicians refusing to justify the discrepant results.”
Balwani responded directly to a physician, sending back a detailed response specifically addressing the issues raised. He also noted that unexpected results occur in every lab, and “which we always do” to check for any discrepancies.
Rosendorff also confirmed that he had the opportunity to meet with the senior leadership team and raise concerns.
Trying to keep the journalist out of the dock
Carreru, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who broke the Theranos story, is also among dozens of potential witnesses that Holmes may call to testify, although he has yet to be summoned.
In a court filing Friday, his lawyers said, “It’s not entirely clear whether or why Holmes actually wants to call Carreu on the stand,” and they want to prevent Carreu from covering the story. Ready to cheat”. podcast.
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