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Theranos’ Balwani Wants Marxist Vanity Plate Out of His Trial

Sunny Balwani

Sunny Balwani

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Former Theranos Inc. President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani says there’s no good reason for the jury in his criminal fraud trial next year to learn that one of his sports cars was decorated with a “DASKPTL” vanity license plate.

Federal prosecutors have hinted they may introduce the plate as evidence to help make their case that Balwani benefited from conspiring with Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing startup, to defraud investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. Holmes is on trial now and Balwani faces a separate trial. Both have pleaded not guilty.