Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder

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The defense in Elizabeth Holmes’ fraud trial pushed for her acquittal on Friday, citing concerns over the prosecution’s case.

Amy Mason Saharia, who is representing Holmes, alleged the case presented to the jury by the government over the past 11 weeks ‘is insufficient on every element on every count’.

Throughout the trial, jurors in California heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses for the prosecution, including patients and former Theranos investors whom prosecutors say Holmes deceived. 

The defense also attempted to strike several of these testimonies, including one from a patient over the fact that her doctor didn’t take the stand to explain her blood test results.

Holmes’ trial began in September, with the prosecution resting its case on Friday after hearing testimonies from 29 witnesses. 

The former biotech executive, who promised to revolutionize the blood testing industry with Theranos technology, faces 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

Defense attorneys representing Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes (pictured in court Wednesday) pushed for her acquittal on Friday, citing concerns over the prosecution’s case

At the close of their case, prosecutors moved to dismiss one count of fraud regarding a patient. 

After the prosecution rested its case, Holmes’ attorneys immediately motioned to object to numerous parts of the government’s case.

The defense pushed to exclude portions of a ‘highly critical’ report about the Theranos lab from the nation’s lab regular, the Wall Street Journal reported.  

Her lawyers also requested to strike testimony from a patient who claimed her Theranos test results erroneously indicated she had HIV alleging the patient was not qualified to interpret her blood test results.

The came after the prosecution challenged the relevance of presenting the jury with a list of Theranos patents – some of which list Holmes as an inventor.

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

Throughout the trial, jurors in California heard testimony from more than two dozen witnesses for the prosecution, including patients and former Theranos investors whom prosecutors say Holmes deceived

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

Amy Mason Saharia (pictured), who is representing Holmes, alleged the case presented to the jury by the government over the past 11 weeks ‘is insufficient on every element on every count’

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

‘They’re pieces of paper. They’re not proof that the technology worked,’ Assistant US Attorney Robert Leach said.  

Defense lawyer Katherine Trefz argued the patents would demonstrate Holmes’ state of mind during the time of the alleged crimes and offer her understanding of the effectiveness of Theranos technology.  

‘What’s the state of mind? That she’s smart?’ Judge Edward Davila responded, noting that he wasn’t blocking entering the patents altogether, but restricting some from later years. 

The defense also asked the court to strike all testimonies and exhibits from patients, doctors and customers.  

Holmes’ attorneys also began presenting their case Friday by calling paralegal Trent Middleton to the stand to offer summaries of Theranos documents.

Middleton claimed he sorted through ‘easily thousands of pages’ of documents to in effort to present the jury with simple summaries and statistics of company data.

He reported that had 149 US patients issued to since 2007. He also showed a chart with customer receipts from 2011 to 2014 totaling $217.8million.

The defense is expected to reference Middleton’s data with future witnesses.  

They have said they also plan to call Fabrizio Bonanni, who joined Theranos as a director in 2016. Bonanni will testify about the company’s technology, they said in court. 

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

, Elizabeth Holmes’ attorneys ask judge to acquit the disgraced Theranos founder, The Today News USA

Holmes (pictured in court Wednesday with her mother) is accused of making false claims about the company, including that its devices could run a range of tests more quickly and accurately than conventional laboratory means from a drop of blood from a finger prick

Defense attorney Lance Wade told jurors during opening arguments in September that Holmes was a hardworking young entrepreneur who had underestimated the obstacles Theranos faced before it failed.

Holmes, who founded Theranos in 2003 when she was only 19, is accused of making false claims about the company, including that its devices could run a range of tests more quickly and accurately than conventional laboratory means from a drop of blood from a finger prick.  

Theranos garnered attention from private investors and was once valued at $9 billion. 

Its fortunes waned after a series of articles published by the Wall Street Journal suggested the company’s devices were flawed and inaccurate.