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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has over 100 questions for jurors
Pregnant Elizabeth Holmes arrives at court
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes makes her first court appearance in over a year.
Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes has more than 100 questions for potential jurors in her coming fraud trial, including whether they have ever called a radio show, posted opinions on social media or taken any medication that could affect their ability to serve.
Ms. Holmes’s lawyers have proposed the queries for potential jurors in a 45-page form submitted this week to the federal judge overseeing her trial, scheduled to begin in late August. Her lawyers say the unusually long jury questionnaire is necessary to root out juror bias because of the extensive publicity around the downfall of Ms. Holmes’s blood-testing company.
Federal prosecutors called the proposed list of questions "far too long, deeply intrusive in unnecessary ways, argumentative, and repetitive," according to an email Ms. Holmes included in a Thursday court filing. The government is asking instead for a more standardized, 15-page form to help vet the jury pool.
Ms. Holmes has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud charges accusing her of misleading patients, doctors and investors about Theranos’ technology, which purported to test for a variety of health conditions with blood extracted from a finger prick. The Wall Street Journal first reported in late 2015 that the company performed few blood tests on its proprietary machines, which produced unreliable results, and instead ran most tests on standard blood-testing machines it sometimes altered.