Theranos founder Holmes resumes testimony

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Elizabeth Holmes, the one-time medical entrepreneur charged with building a fraudulent company based on promises of a revolutionary technology, has returned to the witness stand.

Her testimony, which focused largely on her enthusiasm based on positive early tests of that blood-testing technology, may be her best shot to avoid conviction on charges of criminal fraud.

Prosecutors alleged she duped investors and patients into believing she had invented a breakthrough in blood-testing technology.

Monday's proceedings resumed after a roughly 90-minute delay, with Holmes again at the witness stand wearing a cobalt dress with a black blazer.

She spent most of her time describing clinical studies and other records extolling the effectiveness of a small blood-testing device made by Theranos, a startup she founded in 2003 after dropping out of Stanford University at 19.

US District Judge Edward Davila didn't explain why he met with lawyers from both sides of the case behind closed doors while a masked - and befuddled - audience sat in a packed courtroom.

Holmes' latest round of testimony came after her lawyers called her to the stand during the final hour of Friday's proceedings in what has been the most dramatic moment of a high-profile trial that began in early September.

Responding to friendly questions posed by one of her lawyers gives Holmes gets a chance to sway the jurors who will determine her fate. If convicted, Holmes, a former billionaire who is now 37, could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Evidence presented at the trial showed Holmes distributed misleading information in 2013 about a purported partnership with Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies that helped Theranos raise money.

Having spent only about three hours on the stand so far, Holmes' testimony is expected to eventually delve into more intriguing territory.

Before the trial started, Holmes' lawyers filed documents indicating she intends to blame whatever misconduct that occurred at Theranos on her former lover and the company's former chief operating officer, Sunny Balwani.

Those documents assert that Balwani, who faces a separate criminal trial next year, manipulated Holmes through "intimate partner abuse." Balwani's lawyer has blasted those allegations as baseless.

Holmes' testimony will resume Tuesday morning and is expected to continue into next week.

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