In the Elizabeth Holmes criminal case, the media is also on trial

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Seemingly everyone was fascinated by the young entrepreneur seeking to revolutionize blood testing and who managed to attract a who's who of powerful men to buy into her lofty mission. Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a dozen counts of federal fraud and conspiracy charges, and up to 20 years in prison over allegations that she knowingly misled doctors, patients and investors in order to take their money. Part of the alleged scheme? That she and her ex-boyfriend, Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani -- who served as Theranos' chief operating officer -- leveraged the media in their efforts to defraud investors. (Balwani faces the same charges, has pleaded not guilty and is set to be tried after Holmes' case concludes.)In the government's opening statements, lead prosecutor Robert Leach called attention to Holmes' role in using the media and positive press coverage to propel her company and attract investors. "The defendant's fraudulent scheme made her a billionaire. The scheme broug
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