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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

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.