Is Elizabeth Holmes in prison? Theme of Hulu’s “Dropout” seeks new trial

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes wants a turnaround. The fallen Silicon Valley star requested a new trial in a court filing Tuesday, arguing that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses now feels guilty for the role he played in her sentencing.

But despite Holmes’ ongoing legal troubles, she’s still a free woman — for now.

Holmes is currently on a $500,000 bond but faces up to two decades behind bars. Earlier this year she was found guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy to wire fraud.

The jury believed Holmes “deliberately misled investors” about the effectiveness of their tech start-up’s blood-testing equipment. Her sentencing is scheduled for next month.

Elizabeth Holmes seeks new trial
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes exits a federal building in San Jose, California on December 17, 2021. On Tuesday, the embattled Silicon Valley star called for a new trial in a court filing.
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So said criminal defense attorney Julie Rendelman news week that it appears the Holmes legal team is basing its request for a new trial on what it has described as “newly discovered evidence”. It is alleged that a key witness, Adam Rosendorff, showed up at Holmes’ home last month wanting to speak to her. Instead, Holmes’ partner Billy Evans opened the door.

The defense court filing alleges Rosendorff told Evans he did his best to answer questions honestly in court, but the “government tried to make everyone look bad.” Rosendorff is also said to have admitted that during the trial he “felt he had done something wrong” and had trouble sleeping.

But Rendelman isn’t so sure the claims constitute crucial new evidence.

“While we believe the statements were made, they may appear to reflect a degree of guilt on the part of Rosendorff for his part in Holmes’ conviction. However, they do not appear to provide any additional evidence that would be considered exculpatory. She said. “Additionally, the defense had ample opportunity to cross-examine Rosendorff to highlight any areas in his testimony that they believed were unclear or misleading to the jury.”

The still-developing story of Holmes has already received the Hollywood treatment.

Oscar-nominated actress Amanda Seyfried stars in Hulu’s eight-part miniseries. The Dropout, which was released earlier this year to mostly positive reviews. Seyfried offered her thoughts on Holmes’ impending sentencing in a recent episode of diversity‘s Actors over actors talk show.

“I know what she’s being sentenced to, it’s what she deserves,” she told actor Jared Leto. “And I also know in my gut that there’s a place for her outside of this whole Theranos thing, outside of prison — if she goes to prison. Then she’ll come out and invent something new that works. I don’t know if I’m the only person who feels this way.”

news week was unable to contact Rosendorff at the time of publication, but reportedly declined the Associated Press’s request for comment, saying, “Do not contact me.”

news week reached out to Holmes’ lead counsel for comment. Is Elizabeth Holmes in prison? Theme of Hulu’s “Dropout” seeks new trial

Rick Schindler

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