This has to be one of the most amusing and strange legal transcripts made recently. Spending a million dollars on an album also undermines Shkreli’s statements about wanting to use money to fund research into diseases with no cures currently known.
the court: I will excuse this juror. Hello, Juror Number 125.
juror no. 125: I’ve read extensively about Martin’s shameful past and his ripping off sick people and it hits close to me. I have a mother with epilepsy, a grandmother with Alzheimer’s, and a brother with multiple sclerosis. I think somebody that’s dealt in those things deserves to go to jail.
the court: Just to be clear, he’s not being charged with anything relating to the pricing of pharmaceuticals.
juror no. 125: I understand that, but I already sense the man is guilty.
the court: Well, I’m going to excuse you. Juror Number 144, tell us what you have heard.
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.
juror no. 155: I have read a lot of articles about the case. I think he is as guilty as they come.
the court: Then I will excuse you from this case. Juror Number 10, please come forward.
juror no. 10: The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.
the court: Okay. We will excuse you. Juror 28, do you need to be heard?
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?
juror no. 41: I was looking yesterday in the newspaper and I saw the defendant. There was something about him. I can’t be fair. There was something that didn’t look right.
the court: All right. I’m going to excuse you. Juror Number 59, come on up.
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.