Rejected Juror In Martin Shkreli Trial: “He Disrespected The Wu-Tang Clan”

Court transcripts show finding neutral jurors in Shkreli’s fraud trial was not an easy process.

August 17, 2017
Rejected Juror In Martin Shkreli Trial: “He Disrespected The Wu-Tang Clan” Martin Shkreli outside the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, August 4, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.   Drew Angerer/Getty

Earlier this month Martin Shkreli was convicted of three counts of fraud for which he faces a potential 45 years in jail. It has emerged subsequently that over 200 possible jurors were dismissed in the pursuit of an impartial jury for the so-called "Pharma-bro," who famously raised the price of an anti-AIDS drug 5,000 percent in 2015.

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On Wednesday Harper’s shared transcripts of jury selection from the fraud trial in which it is claimed 200 people were dismissed before a neutral jury was settled in. The transcripts show a number of those dismissals were due to people's existing feelings towards Shkreli. Juror No. 144, for example, said Shkreli "kind of looks like a dick."

Juror No. 59, meanwhile, suggested that Shkreli's $2M purchase of Wu-Tang Clan's one-off Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album was not his classiest move. Check out a selection of the transcripts below.

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Rejected Juror In Martin Shkreli Trial: “He Disrespected The Wu-Tang Clan”