Martin "Pharma Bro" Shkreli, who infamously hiked up the price of a life-saving HIV/AIDS drug for personal gain, has been convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, landing him a 20-year jail sentence.
Shortly after his conviction, Shkreli took to social media to brag about how little time he would serve in actuality, and (unforunately) experts agreed.
Reports about the difficulties of his trial emerged early on, with prosectuors having trouble finding impartial jurors who didn't already have a negative opinion of the obnoxious executive. Although the case had nothing to do with the Diazepam incident, many cited how that previous situation had influenced their opinion of Shkreli. Now, transcripts of the interviews with the rejected jurors have been released — and they're hilarious.
According to Harper's Magazine, over 200 jurors were excused from the trial. Here's some of the highlights from the transcripts:
From Juror No. 1: "I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him ... I think he’s a greedy little man."
From Juror No. 24: "This is the price-gouging, right, of drugs? ... My kids use those drugs ... It affects my opinion of him."
From Juror No. 47: "He’s the most hated man in America. In my opinion, he equates with Bernie Madoff with the drugs for pregnant women going from $15 to $750. My parents are in their eighties. They’re struggling to pay for their medication. My mother was telling me yesterday how my father’s cancer drug is $9,000 a month."
From 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."
From Juror No. 77: "From everything I’ve seen on the news, everything I’ve read, I believe the defendant is the face of corporate greed in America ... You’d have to convince me he was innocent rather than guilty."
From Juror No. 28: "Is he stupid or greedy? I can’t understand."
From Juror No. 52: "He disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan."
You can read the full transcript here.
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