Jury selection for the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has begun on Tuesday morning at a courthouse in San Jose with dozens of prospective jurors.
Holmes’s legal team and prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of California have been reviewing a pool of about 200 potential jurors to find the 17 needed to serve on the four-month-long trial.
“Jurors are actually judges, they’re judges of the facts,” said U.S. District Judge Edward Davila to the first group of around 40 potential jurors called into court.
Holmes arrived at court flanked by news cameras on the first day of her criminal fraud trial. She was facing a dozen counts of felony charges alleging that she duped elite financial backers, customers, and patients about Theranos’s technology. She has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors expected Holmes to use Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, her former boyfriend and co-president of the company, as the one who influenced her to commit fraud as a defense.
Balwani has previously denied the accusations and is facing his own trial in February 2022.
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