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Elizabeth Holmes is a Scapegoat — Even If She’s Guilty

Our desire for quick justice can make us pounce on the most visible actors

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The criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos, began last week. As the trial drew near, I had a foreboding feeling that games would be played with the ideas of victim and victimizer — games that would…




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