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Federal judge in Elizabeth Holmes' trial outlines coronavirus-related courtroom changes as preparations forge ahead
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A California federal court judge overseeing the case against disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has begun making plans for how the trial will move forward while remaining in accordance with novel coronavirus-related guidelines for the courtroom, according to a recent report.
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U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Davila, who is presiding over the San Jose-based wire fraud case against Holmes and Theranos’ former chief operating officer Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, warned that attorneys and defendants can expect “a very different trial of course in the COVID timeframe,” Yahoo Finance reported.
Davila outlined the plans during a Wednesday hearing conducted via video conference.
“I will be able to secure clear face masks for witnesses,” Davila said, according to the report. He said the Northern District of California is also considering providing air filtration in the area of the witness stand. “The issue is … what do we do as far as cleanup, if you will, after — sanitizing after a witness testifies?”