Pleading her belly

The alleged Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes is pregnant, according to a new court filing, potentially delaying her trial by several weeks.

Holmes is being charged with fraud for her role at the helm of Theranos, a blood-testing startup that was a rising star in Silicon Valley before it emerged it had misrepresented the effectiveness of its technology.

Lawyers for Holmes asked the judge on 2 March to delay the start of jury selection to 31 August, after her due date.

We have advanced, this just delays the trial rather than gets her off the sentence. Although no doubt this carefully timed pregnancy will be used – how could the mother of a months old babe in arms be jailed? – in sentencing mitigation.

10 thoughts on “Pleading her belly”

  1. before it emerged it had misrepresented the effectiveness of its technology.

    That’s a rather nice way to put it.

  2. If we are going to jail people for misrepresentation in medical technology, we’ll need to build a few more jails after the last years misrepresentation by the Govt, NHS, PHE, etc etc.

  3. “how could the mother of a months old babe in arms be jailed?”

    Like any other Poor Lass in the US? Custody goes to the father ( ‘hoos’eethen?), family , or the kids go into the foster system..

    Problem solved.

  4. Isn’t she also claiming that her boyfriend was behind it all and she was a poor naive/coerced/bullied/mislead woman who had no idea what was going on etc

  5. “Holmes was indicted in 2018”
    So conception postdates charges by about two years, after she had exhausted most other escape routes. Pregnancy being preferable to jail.
    Grikath’s solution fails because she will identify the jailed co-conspirator as the father and a Californian jury will take pity on her.

  6. What happens depends on the length of her sentence:

    “ The Residential Parenting Program allows minimum security inmates with a sentence of less than 30 months the opportunity to reside with their babies after birth in a supervised environment for up to 30 months. During this time, the mothers also receive a variety of services such a mental health, medical care, vocational training, and child care. RPP is offered to pregnant inmates through the Washington Department of Corrections (WADOC).

    “If necessary, the childbirth will take place at a hospital outside the institution and arrangements are made with outside social service agencies to aid the inmate in finding an appropriate placement for the child.”

    https://www.bop.gov/inmates/custody_and_care/female_offenders.jsp

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