- Court documents revealed indicate that Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes will “likely” accuse her former boyfriend Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani of “intimate partner abuse” as they both face trial on federal fraud charges.
- Holmes & Balwani were both indicted in June 2018 on eleven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
- According to the defense, Holmes could not form the “intent to deceive” because of the alleged abuse and control.
Aaron Keller from Law&Crime writes:
“Court documents revealed publicly for the first time Saturday indicate that Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes will “likely” accuse her former boyfriend and co-executive Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani of “intimate partner abuse” as Holmes faces trial on federal fraud charges.
Holmes and Balwani were indicted together in June 2018 on a total of eleven total counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
“[E]vidence about intimate partner abuse is highly likely to be introduced into evidence in a trial involving Ms. Holmes, in the form of both fact and expert testimony,” her defense team indicated.
The defense explains its legal tactic in a lengthy paragraph in a Feb. 6th motion that was just unsealed:
The government has alleged in the Superseding Indictment that Ms. Holmes acted with mens rea in making certain representations, but it has not identified the specific evidence upon which it will rely to prove this element. Based on Ms. Holmes’ current (but limited) understanding of the government’s case — as informed by the government’s broad (yet vague) Indictment — there is a high likelihood that evidence regarding the nature of Ms. Holmes’ and Mr. Balwani’s relationship will be relevant at trial…”
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