A Silicon Valley tycoon is under investigation for allegedly defrauding investors of hundreds of millions of dollars, claiming his company’s machines could run full tests with a drop of blood.
But the worried judge told Judge Edward Davila in the US District Court in San Jose that he believed in love and forgiveness as a Buddhist.
“I think all the time she’s in jail,” she told the judge.
“It’s very difficult for me. I’m thinking what will happen if she stays there for long and I’m here. I think it’s my fault.”
The judge said the jury was not responsible for considering the sentence but was there to determine the facts in the high-profile case.
She felt she could be in the jury when Holmes was found guilty or not and she didn’t have to vote.
The judge asked federal prosecutors and Mrs. Holmes’ defense team whether they wanted the judge to be pardoned, and both sides agreed.
“It seems that her deep religious beliefs are causing her some difficult problems,” Judge Davila said.
“Even if I say her punishment, she can’t be considered … it didn’t seem to appease her with her feelings.”
The judge decided to pardon the judge, who will be replaced by one of the alternatives to attending the hearing every day.
Holmes faces up to 20 years in prison and a $ 2.75 million fine and potential reparations if found guilty.
Holmes and her co-accused, former Teranos president Ramesh Balwani, have denied the allegations.
Mr Balwani will be on trial next year.