Judge Edward Davila said federal prosecutors would be allowed to leave Stanford University for a 14-hour psychiatric trial and examination over two days.
In December, Holmes notified prosecutors of intent to “present expert evidence relating to mental illness or defect or any other mental condition bearing a defendant”, according to an order by Davila issued on Wednesday.
She plans to call Fullerton psychology professor Mindy Mechanic as an expert witness at California State University, whose university bio says he “studies the psychological consequences of trauma, victimization, and interpersonal violence.”
The mechanic “routinely serves as an expert witness in complex legal matters involving women charged with crimes and other legal cases involving childhood or adult trauma, victimization and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” her bio According to.
Davila ruled that because the mechanic’s testimony would be based on an examination of Holmes, prosecutors should also investigate him. Holmes denied a March request by prosecutors that she attend an examination, said Davila, who is presiding over the case in U.S. District Court in San Jose.Forensic neuropsychologist Daniel A., two experts from the government. Martell and UC San Francisco psychiatrist Professor Renee Binder will split the 14-hour exam time, with Martell conducting a psychological test on the first day and Binder performing a psychotherapy evaluation on the second day. .
Only Holmes and an expert will be in the room when the exam and test take place, and Holmes will be able to pass or be accessible by phone to members of his legal team for consultation, Davila ruled.
Holmes and former company president Sunny Balwani are accused of allegedly misleading millions of dollars of investors and cheating doctors and patients, claiming that the company’s machines were tested using a few drops of blood Can operate a full range. Both have denied the allegations, with Holmes’ lawyers filing in a December court that the government’s case was “unconstitutionally vague” and lacked specific claims of misrepresentation.
He said each has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 2.75 million, as well as possible reinstatement, the Justice Department said. The twice delayed Holmes trial by the coronovirus epidemic is scheduled to begin in March.