Balwani's Atty Tells Jury Romance With Holmes Not A Crime

By Bonnie Eslinger (June 22, 2022, 10:52 PM EDT) -- Former Theranos executive Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani's attorney told a California federal jury during closing arguments in his criminal fraud trial Wednesday that Balwani's romantic relationship with ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes doesn't prove he committed a crime, noting their text messages never say, "Let's do crime, let's cheat people, let's deceive people."

With the months-long criminal trial coming close to a wrap, a lawyer for Balwani, Jeff Coopersmith of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, told jurors they would receive an instruction from the judge stating that it is not enough that the couple had a business or romantic relationship to show that they...

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