Ex-Theranos exec Sunny Balwani finds technique to delay jail sentence

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Former Theranos government Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani discovered an escape hatch Thursday from the scheduled begin of his almost 13-year jail sentence for a blood-testing hoax he engineered along with his former boss and lover, Elizabeth Holmes.

Just hours earlier than Balwani was speculated to give up to authorities, his lawyer filed paperwork notifying U.S. District Judge Edward Davila that he would not be doing so.

The discover cited a last-minute attraction of a latest Davila ruling rejecting Balwani’s request to stay free whereas attempting to overturn his conviction on 12 counts of fraud and conspiracy. The Wednesday attraction of Davila’s March 9 ruling triggered an automated keep of his jail reporting date, which had been set for two p.m. Pacific time Thursday.

That’s as a result of Balwani, 57, has been free on bail since a jury convicted him final July, triggering a clause that permits him to stay out of jail till the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals weighs in on Davila’s ruling issued final week, in accordance with the discover filed by Balwani’s lawyer, Jeffrey Coopersmith.

It’s unclear how lengthy it will likely be earlier than the appeals courtroom offers with the ruling.

Terminal Island jail

If and when he’s despatched to jail, Balawani will serve his time in a facility close to a Southern California harbor, in accordance with different paperwork filed Wednesday by Coopersmith. That vacation spot represents a shift from the Atlanta jail that Balwani had been initially assigned by authorities.

The change means Balwani will probably be within the Terminal Island jail positioned in San Pedro, California, positioned about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The jail has incarcerated a number of different outstanding figures, together with gangster Al Capone within the Nineteen Thirties, apocalyptic cult chief Charles Manson for an auto theft within the Fifties and LSD evangelist Timothy Leary within the Nineteen Seventies.

In a submitting final week, Coopersmith had requested Davila for extra time to attraction the Bureau of Prisons’ choice to ship him to the Atlanta facility that has been dogged by allegations of widespread of misconduct and different abuses. Davila had really helpful Balwani be despatched to a Lompoc jail in Santa Barbara County, positioned about 250 miles from the San Jose courtroom the place his trial passed off.


Holmes seeks delay, too

Holmes, 39, and her attorneys may have their probability to attempt to persuade Davila to delay the scheduled April 27 begin of her greater than 11-year jail sentence throughout a listening to set for Friday morning in San Jose, California.

It will mark Holmes’ first look in courtroom since giving beginning to the kid she was carrying on the time of her Nov. 18 sentencing on 4 counts of fraud and conspiracy.

Although they’d separate trials, Holmes and Balwani have been accused of basically the identical crimes centered on a ruse touting Theranos’ blood-testing system as a revolutionary breakthrough in well being care. The claims helped the corporate turn into a Silicon Valley sensation that raised almost $1 billion from buyers.


But its know-how by no means got here near working like Holmes and Balwani boasted, leading to Theranos’ scandalous collapse and a prison case that shined a vibrant gentle on Silicon Valley greed and hubris.

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