In choosing a jury for entrepreneurs hoax trial, the court is dealing with indignation over his care of the Wu-Tang Clan and concerns that he looked like a snake
Dont disrespect the Wu-Tang Clan not if you want a fair trial. The transcripts for jury interviews from the trial of Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur who became Americas most hated humankind, are out and they show that observing 12 good boys( and women) was no easy task.
Shkreli was convicted of fraudearlier this month after deluding investors in two failed hedge fund. But the perpetually smirking pharma bro is best knows we hiking the cost of a drug used by people with Aids by 5,000% and for buying the only photocopy of a 2014 Wu-Tang Clan album, then refusing to let people listen to the whole thing.
Over three days in June, the Brooklyn court struggled to find jurors who could give Shkreli a fair trial. Heres a selection of the replies received from the ones that got away. The transcripts were first published by Harpers .
The tribunal: The aims of jury selection is responsible for fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror No 1.
Juror No 1 : strong> Im aware of the defendant and I detest him.
Benjamin Brafman, Shkrelis lawyer: Im sorry.
Juror No 1: I think hes a greedy little man.
The courtroom: Jurors are obligated to decide the case based only on the evidence. Do you agree?
Juror No 1: I dont know if I could. I wouldnt crave me on this jury.
The courtroom: Juror No 1 is excused.
Juror No 47 : Hes the most hated boy in America. In my opinion, he equates with Bernie Madoff with the medications for pregnant women going from $15 to $750. My parents are in their 80 s. Theyre struggling to pay for their drug. My mom was telling me yesterday how my fathers cancer drug is $9,000 a month.
The tribunal: The suit is going to come before you on evidence that you must consider reasonably and with an open mind.
Juror No 47 : strong> I would find that difficult.
Juror No 52: When I strolled in here today, I looked at him, and in my psyche, thats a serpent not knowing who he was. I only walked in and appeared right at him and thats a snake.
Brafman : strong> So much for the presumption of innocence.
Juror No 144 : strong> I heard through the news of how the defendant changed the cost of a pill by up-selling it. I heard he bought an album from the Wu-Tang Clan for a million dollars.
The court : strong> The question is, have you heard anything that would affect your ability to decide this case with an open head? Can you do that?
Juror No 144: I dont envision I can because he kind of looks like a dick.
Juror No 59: Your Honor, entirely he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because
The tribunal: OK. Is that your stance toward anyone charged with international crimes who has not been proven guilty?
Juror No 59: Its my stance toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.
The courtroom: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.
Juror No 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.