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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.

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

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge 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) <> 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.