“I knew that she had started a company,” said Ms. Stefanek. “I knew it had failed. I knew she liked to wear black turtlenecks. That’s it. “
The trial of Ms. Holmes has started with opening statements on September 8th. This started a new routine for Ms. Stefanek: She often woke up at 5 a.m. to do some work and pack lunch for her 12-year-old daughter before heading out of Mountain View, California. where she lives, to the San Jose Courthouse.
During the testimony, said Ms. Stefanek, she made 541 pages of notes. Sometimes, she said, the jury struggled to stay awake. At other times, they were shocked to see such star witnesses James Mattis, the retired four-star Marine Corps general and former Secretary of Defense who served on Theranos’ board of directors.
“When he came through the door, I felt this rustling in the room and couldn’t believe it,” says Ms. Stefanek. “I was actually more excited about him than I was about Elizabeth Holmes, just because I knew who he was beforehand.”
As time went on, the schedule of the process became more and more unpredictable. Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California, who chaired the case, held additional court sessions and extended court days originally scheduled to end at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and then 4:00 p.m.
That “made it difficult for me to get involved in my work” and “made it harder to get some things done,” said Ms. Stefanek, adding that her manager at Apple understands.
To Final arguments completed in December, the jury began to reach a verdict. They had a method for discussion, Ms. Stefanek said, by summarizing each witness’s testimony on sheets of paper hung in the fifth floor courtroom, where they spent time when the trial was not taking place. They also hired the courtroom deputy, Adriana Kratzmann, to make photocopies of a jury’s hand-made worksheet listing the criteria for a conviction in each case.