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Elizabeth Holmes Wants Jury Vaxxed and Untainted by ‘Bad Blood’

  • Theranos founder’s lawyer case presses concern over media bias
  • Judge taken aback by aggressive request to thin out jury pool
Elizabeth Holmes exits U.S. federal court in San Jose, California, on May 6.

Elizabeth Holmes exits U.S. federal court in San Jose, California, on May 6.

Photographer: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg

Some potential jurors have been so contaminated by mass media critical of Elizabeth Holmes, her lawyer said, that they shouldn’t be permitted at the courthouse where her criminal trial is set to start next week.
 
Attorney Kevin Downey on Wednesday told the judge in charge of the trial he’s identified about 30 jurors who acknowledged in questionnaires that they’ve seen, read or listened to a documentary, book or podcast about the collapse of Holmes’s blood-testing startup, Theranos Inc.
 
The media contain “inadmissible, inflammatory, often inaccurate information about this defendant,” Downey said, adding that there’s a risk “that’s how this trial will start -- with those jurors in the box.” 

The jurors, he added, shouldn’t even be allowed to explain whether they can set their biases aside. “We should not do that at risk of polluting the entire pool of jurors.” 

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