Judge denies request to restart Shkreli jury selection

Posted June 28, 2017

Jurors used words including "evil", "snake", and "greed" to refer to Shkreli, and several believed incorrectly he had been responsible for the price increase of another drug besides his own.

Soon after she was excused for bias, another woman said, referring to Shkreli raising the price of the drug, which is used to treat pregnant women, infants, and people with HIV and AIDS, "Who does that?" Despite the accusations, he has kept a steady stream of taunting and profane social media posts.

Shkreli -also known as "Pharma Bro" or "the bad boy of pharma"- is charged with securities fraud, accused of essentially running a Ponzi scheme on investors in his companies.

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Specifically, prosecutors say, Shkreli violated federal law when he managed two hedge funds during that time and swindled investors.

Further, the man said, he has several friends with H.I.V. or AIDS - people who may use Daraprim for infections - who can not afford their drugs. "A person who puts profits ahead of everyone else".

That drug, Daraprim, went from $13.50 per pill to $750.

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Even with his federal securities fraud trial set to begin Monday, Martin Shkreli has blatantly defied his attorneys' advice to lay low.

Bolger said the media coverage accurately reflected the fact that a number of people have negative opinions of Shkreli, which he himself helped to create by his conduct. One by one, potential jurors huddled with the judge and the lawyers, WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported. He wanted to develop new life-saving drugs after seeing "several classmates and other children he knew struck down by debilitating disease", court papers say.

But as Shkreli's defense attorney Benjamin Brafman noted at an earlier pre-trial hearing, Shkreli "travels to the beat of a very unique drummer". "Honestly? Because [Shkreli] looks like a dick", the man said, before he shrugged his shoulders and added "sorry". About two-thirds of roughly 90 prospective jurors questioned in the morning session were dismissed.

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The predisposed haters actually made up a relatively small fraction of the 130 prospective jurors, more than half of whom were dismissed on Monday, according to the Beast.