A juror from the Elizabeth Holmes trial says they thought the Theranos founder's abuse allegations seemed like 'a sympathy ploy' and were irrelevant to the case

Advertisement
A juror from the Elizabeth Holmes trial says they thought the Theranos founder's abuse allegations seemed like 'a sympathy ploy' and were irrelevant to the case
Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images (Holmes). Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (Balwani).
  • Elizabeth Holmes testified in her trial that former Theranos COO Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani abused her.
  • One of the jurors in Holmes' trial told WSJ that, on the whole, the jury believed her allegations.
Advertisement

Elizabeth Holmes testified she was abused by her ex-business partner in her fraud trial. Instead of helping her case, the testimony was actually considered irrelevant to it, according to one juror.

In her seven-day testimony, Holmes alleged that Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, who is Theranos' former president and COO, physically and emotionally abused her. She testified that he controlled her meals and schedule and sexually assaulted her during their relationship.

Susanna Stefanek, an editorial manager at Apple and juror No. 8 in Holmes' trial, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that she and her 11 fellow jurors believed the Theranos founder's allegations of abuse but didn't think they were pertinent to her case.

Complimentary Tech Event
Discover the future of SaaS in India
The 6-part video series will capture the vision of Indian SaaS leaders and highlight the potential for the sector in the decades to come.25th Aug, 2022 Starts at 04:00 PM (40 mins)Register Now
Our Speakers
Dan Sheeran
Sandeep Gupta

"There was a certain amount of cynicism that it was a sympathy ploy," Stefanek told the Journal.

Another juror in Holmes' trial has echoed this sentiment. Wayne Kaatz, a TV writer and juror No. 6 in the trial, told ABC News earlier this week the jury was sympathetic to Holmes' allegations of abuse but considered them irrelevant to the charges against her.

Advertisement

On Monday, Holmes was found guilty on three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud investors. She was found not guilty on four other charges, and jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict on three others.

You can read the Wall Street Journal's full juror interview here.

{{}}