Jury Selection For 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's Trial Proving A Problem

Jury Selection For 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's Trial Proving A Problem

Jury Selection For 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's Trial Proving A Problem

On Monday, potential jurors in the trial ruled themselves out, saying they would be unable to be impartial when reaching a decision regarding the innocence or guilt of the former pharmaceutical executive in a fraud case.

For example, one called him a "snake" and another called him "the face of corporate greed in America".

The trial could last just over a month.

Shkreli is on trial at the US District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., charged with eight counts of securities and wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Shkreli lied to investors at MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare about the performance and assets of the investment funds, and that he used money from Retrophin to pay off MSMB investors, as well as his personal loans and other debts. Shkreli raised the drug's price to $750 a tablet, from $13.50, overnight in 2015 while running Turing Pharmaceuticals.

The negative comments built up to the point that Brafman began to signal to Matsumoto when potential jurors had said enough that he could challenge them for cause, to stop them from going "on a tirade against Shkreli".

Brafman intends to argue in court that Shkreli lacked the requisite criminal intent to defraud investors and relied on his trusted counsel, Greebel.

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A man said both of his parents took Daraprim, a drug for a rare parasitic infection.

Lawyers for Shkreli complained Tuesday that news coverage is tainting the jury pool.

"I think he's a very evil man", said one young woman, according to the pool report.

"This is the price gouger of drugs". One by one, potential jurors huddled with the judge and the lawyers, WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges he faces. To a large degree, Shkreli is the victim of his own behavior, which included a series of Twitter rants lashing out at everyone from the media to politicians. But the event drew protest from angry students, who rattled pill bottles filled with coins and shouted insults at him. More than 100 potential jurors are being questioned about the case.

Matsumoto seemed delighted when she finally came across a woman in her 20s who said she hadn't heard of Shkreli or his case.

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