Saying that notorious pharma bro Martin Shkreli is a wanker is a bit of an understatement. If you haven’t heard of him before, he’s the bloke that jacked up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000%, bought a secret Wu-Tang Album for a cheeky $2 million, and he’s also the owner of the most punchable face in the world.
Martin’s been a busy boy. When he’s not pretending to be the world’s lamest super villain, he’s heading to court for eight counts of securities and wire fraud. While you’d think most people would love to dish out a bit of justice on the pharmaceutical CEO, the court had to go through more than 200 potential jurors before they found a group that didn’t already hate his guts.
The good folks at Harper’s Magazine managed to get their hands on the jury selection transcript and let’s just say, people feel rather strongly about the man. Have a gander at some of the highlights below.
Juror no. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him.
Benjamin Brafman (Shkreli’s lawyer): I’m sorry.
Juror no. 1: I think he’s a greedy little man.
Juror no. 144: I heard through the news of how the defendant changed the price of a pill by up-selling it. I heard he bought an album from the Wu-Tang Clan for a million dollars.
The Court: The question is, have you heard anything that would affect your ability to decide this case with an open mind. Can you do that?
Juror no. 144: I don’t think I can because he kind of looks like a dick.
Juror no. 10: The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.
Juror no. 59: Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because —
The Court: Okay. Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?
Juror no. 59: It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.
The Court: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.
Juror no. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.
Juror no. 52: When I walked in here today I looked at him, and in my head, that’s a snake — not knowing who he was. I just walked in and looked right at him and that’s a snake.
Sheesh, talk about a tough crowd.
Source: Harper Magazine
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