Good morning from a cold San Jose! It’s just after 4:30 a.m. and I’m the 32nd person in line to get into the courthouse for day 3 of Elizabeth Holmes testimony. The woman who is keeping a list of newcomers says there are more people here today at 4:30 than yesterday. Image
There are three observers with a briefcase and a sign who set up a new business outside the courthouse for Holmes’ trial. “Wanna buy a blonde wig?” they ask me. ImageImage
I asked the trio with the Holmes' schwag if they would constitute Holmes' "super fans." One said no, "I'm very fascinated with Elizabeth, but not a fan." Another one laughs and says, "We kind of are... I admire, kind of, her psychopathy."
The line outside the courthouse has grown, but it’s not as long as yesterday. People in line are observing that it seems to have gotten colder than it was at 5 am. I just asked what temperature hypothermia sets in. “This one,” a nearby reporter replied to me. Image
I'm inside the courthouse in the overflow courtroom, where the lights are off for some reason, but court staff has the live-stream video and audio from the main courtroom up and running (unlike yesterday). Hoping there won't be any tech issues during this long day of testimony.🤞
Judge Davila just briefly popped into the courtroom w/o his robe to arrange things on the bench. He asked the court reporter and the attorneys if they want something that he brought for everyone. The word was muddled, but it was some kind of breakfast item.
The court reporter followed the judge into chambers and returned to the courtroom a few moments later with what looks like a few plates of snacks for the attorneys. "The paralegals were taken care of this morning," she says.
Word from the reporters trickling into the overflow courtroom now, I missed a man shouting "God bless you, girl boss," to Elizabeth Holmes as she entered the courthouse this morning.
Holmes is back on the stand, pouring herself a glass of water. Looks like we're getting started on time this morning.

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23 Nov
Holmes says she had convos with Pfizer execs after 2009 to counter ex-Pfizer scientist Shane Weber's testimony that Pfizer had no significant dealings w/ the startup after he concluded its tests weren't believable. (ICYMI here's my recap of his testimony)…
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Alright, I deleted a tweet that referred to this as "cross" which was an obv dumb error. (Did I mention I was here at 4:30 a.m.?) This is Holmes direct. Now back to her testimony..
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Good morning from San Jose! It’s 4 a.m. and I’m outside the courthouse for day 2 of Elizabeth Holmes’ testimony in her criminal fraud trial along a 16 other folks who got here before me. I’ll be pounding coffee for the next 5 hours as we wait to get inside. Standby for tweets!
John Carreyrou just arrived and the line has grown to 25 folks. Nearly everyone here is media. T-minus ~4.5 hours until trial starts and my coffee might as well be water at this point.
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Happy Friday! I'm in San Jose for day 35 of the gov't's criminal fraud trial against Elizabeth Holmes. Prosecutors are expected to rest their case-in-chief today. The parties are up arguing before Judge Ed Davila about Holmes' 1st witnesses. Full steam ahead! (Knock on wood.)
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The parties are arguing over admitting various portions of @rparloff's Fortune Mag interview with Holmes during his examination. Sounds like Parloff will take the stand today. (For journos, who generally try to stay out of litigation, the fact he is testifying is significant.)
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Good morning from a sunny San Jose! Judge Ed Davila is on the bench for yet another day of Elizabeth Holmes' criminal fraud trial. Holmes' counsel says they can hold off on arguing over admitting Fortune Mag writer @rparloff's interview w/ Holmes, b/c Parloff will testify tmr.
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Good morning from San Jose! I'm in the overflow courtroom for another day of Elizabeth Holmes' criminal fraud trial. This one should be long. It's unclear who the gov't will be calling and the parties are already arguing before the judge over Theranos' infamous missing database.
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