"He's A Greedy Little Man" And A "Snake" - Transcripts Of Shkreli Jury Hearings Emerge

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Martin Shkreli’s lawyers reportedly had to interview more than 250 prospective jurors before agreeing on 12. At the time, media reports hinted at some of the funnier reasons given by prospective jurors to get out of serving (one individual said he was biased against Shkreli because he had “disrespected the Wu Tang Clan"). Ultimately, the jury found the former hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical company CEO guilty on three out of eight counts of fraud.

Now, Harper’s Magazine has published transcripts from the Voir Dire hearings. The transcripts offer insight into how the trial of "the most hated man in America" came together. In most cases, the prospective juror offers some version of "he's terrible" and is promptly excused.

When asked if he was aware of the defendant, one juror said yes and “I hate him,” before calling Shkreli “a greedy little man.”

“The court: The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1.


Juror no. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him.


Benjamin Brafman: I’m sorry.


Juror no. 1: I think he’s a greedy little man.


The court: Jurors are obligated to decide the case based only on the evidence. Do you agree?


Juror no. 1: I don’t know if I could. I wouldn’t want me on this jury.


The court: Juror Number 1 is excused. Juror Number 18.”

One guy said he felt biased against Shkreli as soon as he saw his face.

“Juror no. 40: I’m taking prescription medication. I would be upset if it went up by a thousand percent. I saw the testimony on TV to Congress and I saw his face on the news last night. By the time I came in and sat down and he turned around, I felt immediately I was biased.


The court: Sir, we are going to excuse you. Juror Number 47, please come up.”

Another juror equated Shkreli with Bernie Madoff who, let’s remember, stole $70 billion from his clients.

“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.


The court: The case is going to come before you on evidence that you must consider fairly and with an open mind.


Juror no. 47: I would find that difficult.


The court: And that’s based on your parents’ experience with medication?


Juror no. 47: It’s based on people working very hard for their money. He defrauded his company and his investors, and that’s not right.


The court: Ma’am, we’re going to excuse you. Juror Number 52, how are you?”

One guy said he didn’t know who Shkreli was, but after taking one look at him said he looks like a "snake."

“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.


Brafman: So much for the presumption of innocence.


The court: We will excuse Juror Number 52. Juror Number 67?”

One prospective juror said he’d “never be able to forget” how Shkreli raised the price of Daraprim.

"Juror no. 67: The fact that he raised the price of that AIDS medication, like, such an amount of money disgusts me. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget that. Who does that, puts profit and self-interest ahead of anything else? So it’s not a far stretch that he could do what he’s accused of.


The court: Please go to the jury room and tell them you have been excused. Juror Number 70.”

One person described Shkreli as “the face of corporate greed in America," and that he'd need to be convinced of his innocence because he assumes Shkreli is guilty.

“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.


Brafman: We would object.


Juror no. 77: You’d have to convince me he was innocent rather than guilty.


The court: I will excuse this juror. Hello, Juror Number 125.”

Juror number 144 said Shkreli “looks like a dick.”

“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.


The court: You are Juror Number 144 and we will excuse you. Come forward, Juror Number 155.”

One juror said he couldn’t understand whether Shkreli was stupid, or just greedy.

“Juror no. 28: I don’t like this person at all. I just can’t understand why he would be so stupid as to take an antibiotic which H.I.V. people need and jack it up five thousand percent. I would honestly, like, seriously like to go over there.


The court: Sir, thank you.


Juror no. 28: Is he stupid or greedy? I can’t understand.


The court: We will excuse you. Juror 41, are you coming up?”

Shkreli is totally guilty, another juror said…and he disrespected the Wu Tang Clan.

“Juror no. 59: Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because...


The court: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.


Juror no. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.”

While no date has been set, Shkreli is expected to be sentenced by federal judge Kiya Matsumoto some time during the coming months. Though Shkreli said on one of his post-trial livestreams that he expects to only serve a few months, possibly under house arrest. But legal experts believe that the sentencing is when Shkreli’s past demons will come back to haunt him in the form of a lengthy stay in federal prison. He could also be on the hook for millions of dollars in fines. After all, Shkreli has mocked not only the Brooklyn prosecutors who tried him, but members of Congress. It wouldn’t exactly look like a prosecutorial victory if they just let him walk away.

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NidStyles's picture

This guy is so screwed.

Oldwood's picture

So, the media convicts another person. Justice by public opinion that THEY create. They are destroying our society for if we have no faith nor trust in our institutions, we have no society, only chaos.

Mr. Universe's picture

They needed an avatar of evil greed to lay the blame on.

El Oregonian's picture

It seems to me Mr. Shkreli is going to take a shellacking in the court of public opinion.... And by all accounts is well deserved.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

"He's A Greedy Little Man" And A "Snake" - Transcripts Of Shkreli Jury Hearings Emerge

My response: The HUMAN HEART is DECEITFUL above all else and DESPARATELY WICKED, who can know it?

This guy needs to find another line of work once he gets out of the BIG HOUSE.

It is interesting that this guy is getting prosecuted, but HRC and her minions remain free to continue with their criminal activities.

DoctorFix's picture

Yup.  He's a greedy prick but HRC and her posse are warmongering murderous cunts and bastards.

SethPoor's picture

There's a pill for that.

kolanu's picture

The guy is a greedy rich prick who has the misfortune to be expendable to the establishment. They don't mind making an example of him as they go on and do exactly the same with impunity.

Golden Showers's picture

What would they do to that face in prison? It's worth "trying".

Edit: Wu Tang Clan Ain't nothin' to fuck with.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvY6DU-uEiw

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Wow, what a punchable little mug on that guy.

Al Bondiga's picture

Hope the smug little prick gets assraped in prison.

Yen Cross's picture

  I thought this little whimp was hanging out with Elizabeth Holmes, on some Indonesian Island.

 Ohhh, I forgot.  He has a tracking device.  I'll bet he'd trade the ankle for a cranium implant.


pitz's picture

If only he had used some of that money to buy Infowars' BRAIN FORCE PLUS! brain tonic.

Vatican_cameo's picture


"I thought this little whimp was hanging out with Elizabeth Holmes, on some Indonesian Island".

He'd probably get ass raped by that tranny too.  Prison could be the lesser of two evils.

Jimbeau's picture

From your comment, I don't know whether you like or dislike Alex, but... make me laugh out loud - you get an upvote.

Yen Cross's picture

 Me neither---  However,,, if there's going to be some late night meetings with BUBA, he's the perfect candidate.

Joe A's picture

It would be karma if that Buba had aids and could not afford the price of that aids drug and had to rob a pharmacy to get that medication.

MaxThrust's picture

"I'll bet he'd trade the ankle for a cranium implant."

The cranium implant could be provided by any loaded handgun.

Cabreado's picture

Low-hanging fruit.

holdbuysell's picture

If only people recognized all sociopaths so quickly...

Goatboy's picture

Dont worry, invisible hand knoweth..

fuckstar's picture

Martina by the end of the first year. Cellie's going to make us pay for his tits, too. Better be an olympic cocksucker by then or he's dogfood.

onmail1's picture

This is the real true face of capitalism

when u let capitalism take control, u pay through the nose

Jimbeau's picture

Much as I hate to, I agree with this assessment. If you are going to have a workable society, you've got to have real solutions for this kind of 'person'...

Goatboy's picture

Guys, this ZH! Quickly atone for your sins against the ultimate!

armageddon addahere's picture

It's not capitalism. The ONLY way he and other drug companies get away with ripping off the public is that he has a legal monopoly enforced by the government.

Blankenstein's picture

And I guess you don't pay through the nose when government takes control - that's why we only have $20 trillion in federal debt and $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities.  /s

Singelguy's picture

Let me fix that for you. When you let true crony capitalism take control, you pay through the nose. Under the face of true capitalism, a new competitor would emerge that delivered a better product for less than half the price.

motoXdude's picture

Oh he's just one of God's Special Children!


motoXdude's picture

I just got promised a new Cadillac to say that.   Now where is my friggin' Cadillac?


LindseyNarratesWordress's picture

The FACT is that he is not a jew.



Seasmoke's picture

These are just smart people getting out of Jury duty. 

whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

He's got a real purdy mouth

Goatboy's picture

To the very end of this article, I honestly expected something along the lines of:

"that's how unwashed masses, millennials and communists hate, disrespect and destroy greatest among us - risk takers, innovators and wealth creators"

Honestly surprised by lack of any bullshit. Are miser-libertardians asleep?

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

I just invented a saying: Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered.

What he did was about as stupid as going to a protest march in Charlottesville.

Demon Slayer's picture

Snakes on the wane...

Rebelrebel7's picture

This was the funniest article that I have EVER read! Thank you Tyler!

JLee2027's picture

If the jury is biased, you cannot have a fair trial.


He will win the appeal and the conviction will be tossed.

uhland62's picture

Big problem. Is there no law against profiteering or is the US still the frontier country where the law of the musleman goes? The Shrek gives America a bad name. 

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

He's entitled to a jury of his peers.  If everyone in American thinks he's guilty, too bad.

PiratePiggy's picture

He looks like a snake.  lol


Reminds me of Chris Plante's name for Ditch Mitch McConnel.  Plante calls him "The Turtle".

idontcare's picture

Made his clients 2-3X their money in the end and as for the drug price hikes, that's called capitalism.  I don't see the Feds going after Dimon or Blankfein for all their "crimes"  nor Merck and their buds for outrageous drug prices.  

aardvarkk's picture

He couldn't have done what he did without the assistance and collusion of the federal government.  That is not capitalism by any definition.