WATCH: Judge Issues Contempt Order For Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes
A Wall Street Journal “concerned citizen” turned up at the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in California Thursday and complained that she did not want to testify.
During the suit Theranos filed against a former employee in July, the “concerned citizen” requested to be present in court to testify in defense of Holmes, but was not allowed to speak to the judge.
“If you don’t allow me to speak, I will seek you out and give you a piece of my mind. So, your honor, I want to address your honor,” she said in court.
Afterward, a judge, who is overseeing the suit, gave the woman a five-day jail sentence, though she will be allowed to post bail.
Tonight, Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to the unusual appearance on his Fox News Channel show.
“I haven’t seen this happen in a long time,” Napolitano said. “You normally don’t have a person who is absolutely outraged and seems to have acted quite improperly with an incentive to testify show up and testify.”
He pointed out that the person did not have to identify herself as a member of the public because it’s not a criminal trial, and she did not have to testify as a trial witness.
“Normally the prosecution loses if they are so upset that a witness might come in. But this is not really a criminal trial,” Napolitano explained.
“If you’re interested in hearing the testimony, you can see it in the video that will be on line for anybody who is interested. And just judge for yourself.”
Watch the full monologue above.
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