The jury of eight males and 4 ladies concluded their deliberations for the yr on Wednesday, capping off their second week with the case with out reaching a verdict.
Deliberations, which have thus far spanned 44 hours over six days, are scheduled to resume Monday in a San Jose federal courthouse after the New Year.
On deliberation days, members of the general public and the press lined up outdoors the courthouse in the early hours of the morning in order to get one of many restricted seats inside Judge Edward Davila’s courtroom, the decide presiding, ought to the jury return a verdict.
The courtroom, nonetheless, remained closed until there was a notice from the jury to be learn, or a verdict. That meant a number of lengthy days of ready in the hallway outdoors the courtroom for the coterie of practically three dozen folks — primarily journalists — awaiting the verdict. While there’s a separate, empty courtroom made out there for ready, most decide for the hallway to control any comings and goings to Davila’s courtroom.
Legal consultants say it’s arduous to know if there’s something that may be learn into how the jurors are deliberating and the place they could stand in returning a verdict.
“It’s a really mysterious process,” stated Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., a white-collar protection lawyer at Ballard Spahr LLP and a former federal prosecutor. “With the length of the trial and the complexity, I don’t think it’s that outrageous that they’re [deliberating] this long.”
“It’s a long trial. A long trial, unless it’s just a slam dunk, will result in pretty long deliberations,” stated Hockeimer, who added that jurors who’re a part of a lengthy trial, and particularly a high-profile federal trial at that, are sometimes dedicated. “They take their obligations seriously.”
According to Shan Wu, a legal protection lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, “it’s actually not unusual to have very few notes.”
“I would say they are comfortable with what they’ve been given… and they’re just taking their time going through it,” added Wu, noting that Holmes’ testimony, which spanned seven court docket days, “gives them a lot to mull over.”
Minutes from the court docket for Tuesday revealed a 23-minute continuing shortly after 11 a.m. native time attended by the decide presiding over the case in addition to attorneys for each the protection and the prosecution. But the court docket ordered the proceedings sealed and declined to share additional particulars on what it pertained to. The following day, Wednesday, two sealed paperwork made their method to the court docket docket.
Holmes faces 11 federal fraud costs over allegations that she knowingly misled traders, docs and sufferers about her firm’s blood testing capabilities in order to take their cash and stop Theranos from failing.
If convicted by the jury, Holmes faces up to 20 years in jail in addition to a nice of $250,000 plus restitution for every rely of wire fraud and every conspiracy rely. She has pleaded not responsible.