Disgraced Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes May Claim 'Mental Disease' in Legal Defense

Disgraced Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes May Claim 'Mental Disease' in Legal Defense


Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced former CEO of Silicon Valley darling Theranos, is reportedly considering claiming to have a “mental disease” as part of her legal defense in her criminal fraud trial.

Bloomberg reports that former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is considering claiming to have a “mental disease” as part of her legal defense in her criminal fraud trial. On Wednesday, the judge presiding over the case ruled that government prosecutors can examine Holmes, the ruling was in response to Holme’s plans to introduce evidence of “mental disease to defect” or other mental condition “bearing on the issue of guilt” according to a court filing.

It’s expected that Holmes may be attempting to introduce evidence to challenge the requirement that prosecutors prove her intent to commit and illegal act. Homes intends to use testimony from Mindy Mechanic, a clinical psychologist at California State University at Fullerton, according to the court filing.

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