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Earlier this month, Martin Shkreli, the 34-year-old "Pharma Bro" we have all come to hate, was found guilty on two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud at a Brooklyn federal court. Though he will most likely receive a much lighter sentence, the hedge fund manager and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals technically faces up to 20 years in prison.
In an article titled "Public Enemy," Harper’s Magazine published hilarious transcript excerpts featuring prospective jurors for the Shkreli trial. Below you will find a selection of some of the best responses given from rejected jurors. Note: Benjamin Brafman is Shkreli's lawyer.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."