Disgraced Theranos founder elizabeth holmes He asked for a new trial Tuesday after a key witness for prosecutors said he “had done something wrong” during his testimony against the convicted swindler, his legal team argued Tuesday.
Holmes’ court filing claims that former Theranos lab director Adam Rosendorff now regrets his role in helping convict her on charges that could land her behind bars for 20 years. She is currently free on bond ahead of sentencing scheduled for October 1. 17 in California.
Holmes, 38, found guilty earlier this year three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud. Jurors found that she knowingly misled investors about the medical technology startup’s business and the effectiveness of her blood-testing machine.
Rosendorff testified that he continually raised concerns about how accurate Theranos blood tests used by patients were while he was with the company in 2013 and 2014. But a 17-page legal brief outlines a man who may now have doubts about his testimony.
On Aug. 8, Rosendorff went to the Holmes home, which he shares with his partner William Evans, according to the filing. He only saw Evans, who told him to go away, Holmes’ attorneys said.
But before he left, Rosendorff told Evans that he “tried to answer the questions honestly, but the prosecutors tried to make everyone look bad” and now believes he “had done something wrong” while taking the tests, the police alleges. presentation.
Before that random visit, he left a voicemail for one of his attorneys asking him to meet with Holmes, believing it could be “quite healing” for both of them, according to the filing.
Rosendorff’s testimony was mentioned in prosecutors’ closing argument and by a federal judge when a motion to vacate the guilty verdict was denied.
Holmes’ attorneys have been unable to obtain additional views from Rosendorff on his testimony for ethical reasons. A hearing may be held next month on whether a new trial should be set.
While convicted on four counts, Holmes was also found not guilty by the same jury on charges of fraud and conspiracy against patients who used Theranos blood tests.
The Associated Press contacted Rosendorff, who declined to comment.
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