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posted by martyb on Sunday September 13 2020, @06:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the time-to-get-psyched? dept.

Judge in Theranos fraud case orders 14-hour psychological test for Holmes:

Holmes and Theranos' former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani were charged in June 2018 with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

[...] According to the court document filed this week[*], Holmes—who is now being tried separately from Balwani—notified the court last December that she plans to submit "expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition" that has bearing on the issue of guilt. The expert providing such evidence was named in the document as psychologist Mindy Mechanic, of California State University, Fullerton.

According to Mechanic's faculty website, she focuses on "psychosocial consequences of violence, trauma, and victimization with an emphasis on violence against women and other forms of interpersonal violence." The site also notes that Mechanic "frequently provides expert testimony in complex legal cases involving interpersonal violence."

[...] In response to Holmes' plans to provide mental health evidence, federal prosecutors requested that they should also be able to examine Holmes' mental state and provide their own psychiatric evidence in court as a fair rebuttal.

[...] The judge in the case, US District Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California, agreed with the prosecutors. As such, he ordered Holmes to undergo up to 14 hours of psychological testing and psychiatric evaluation by two government-appointed doctors over the course of two consecutive days. Davila also ordered that the government's evaluation of Holmes be recorded on video—over Holmes' objections.

[*] Here is a link to the court document.

Previously:
(2019-07-01) Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes to Face Trial Next Year on Fraud Charges
(2018-09-06) Theranos to Dissolve in a Pool of Blood
(2018-06-17) Elizabeth Holmes Steps Down as Theranos CEO as DoJ Levels Charges
(2018-03-15) Blood Unicorn Fairy Tale: Theranos Founder Charged With Fraud
(2017-12-24) Theranos Given Indirect Lifeline From Softbank
(2016-10-06) Theranos Lays Off 340, Closes Labs and "Wellness Centers"
(2016-08-03) Theranos Introduces New Product to Distract from Scandal
(2014-10-05) LinkedIn's Top 10 Silicon Valley Startups for 'Talent Brand'


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by barbara hudson on Sunday September 13 2020, @08:28PM (11 children)

    by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday September 13 2020, @08:28PM (#1050460) Journal

    Being a sociopath is a mental condition, but it's a defence that will backfire. Sociopaths are stubborn, hard driving , pushy and don't give a damn about others.

    They are aware that they are doing what they do - and they like it that way!

    There is no "diminished capacity " in the sense that they can't tell right from wrong - they just don't give a fuck who they screw over.

    It may actually give her partner in crime a defence because sociopaths try to dominate using lies, deceit, harassment, and gaslighting.

    Then again, this was all about money. Greed isn't going to be a successful diminished capacity defence.

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  • (Score: 2) by Revek on Sunday September 13 2020, @08:33PM

    by Revek (5022) on Sunday September 13 2020, @08:33PM (#1050461)

    I agree.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 13 2020, @09:05PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 13 2020, @09:05PM (#1050478)

    > ...they just don't give a fuck who they screw over.

    Except they just happen to never screw over other sociopaths. Predatory instincts finely tuned to vulnerable people.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by barbara hudson on Sunday September 13 2020, @09:28PM (1 child)

      by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday September 13 2020, @09:28PM (#1050486) Journal
      Really? Look at how many sociopaths Trump screwed over. We can start with his fixer, Michael Cohen.
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      • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 15 2020, @07:26PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 15 2020, @07:26PM (#1051424)

        >Look at how many sociopaths Trump screwed over

        Well that didn't take long - Orange man baaadddd !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Sunday September 13 2020, @10:29PM (4 children)

    by HiThere (866) on Sunday September 13 2020, @10:29PM (#1050508) Journal

    I really doubt that it was all about money. It sounds like a power trip played a big role in the scheming. OTOH, I've not been paying that much attention. But I'd rate money as a way of manipulating power as what was going on. And, yes, sociopath. Of course, I'm not a professional in any of the psychic arts.

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    • (Score: 2) by Mykl on Sunday September 13 2020, @11:17PM (3 children)

      by Mykl (1112) on Sunday September 13 2020, @11:17PM (#1050519)

      At that level, the money is simply a way to keep score.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by barbara hudson on Sunday September 13 2020, @11:44PM (2 children)

        by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Sunday September 13 2020, @11:44PM (#1050539) Journal
        She was never at that level. She still wants to keep up pretences, so she doesn't want the video interviews made public. So now she's going to have to scale back her attempt to make herself look incompetent.
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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @02:04AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @02:04AM (#1050589)

          Even if she is a sociopath who caused harm to many people, video taping a session with a psychiatric doctor should be hard off-limits. Nobody deserves to have their privacy invaded this way, and allowing it for people who are widely disliked is just a foot in the door for allowing such gross privacy invasion more generally.

  • (Score: 2) by PinkyGigglebrain on Monday September 14 2020, @12:14AM (1 child)

    by PinkyGigglebrain (4458) on Monday September 14 2020, @12:14AM (#1050550)

    Sociopaths are stubborn, hard driving , pushy and don't give a damn about others.

    lol, that describes almost every Tank I've ever encountered in my MMO

    explains a lot actually.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @07:24PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @07:24PM (#1050942)

      An MMO tank that doesn't care about his healer ends up a dead tank in a hurry.