Judge denies request to restart Shkreli jury selection

Martin Shkreli defies advice to keep quiet before his fraud trial

Jurors used words including "evil", "snake", and "greed" to refer to Shkreli, and several believed incorrectly he had been responsible for the price increase of another drug besides his own.
The former pharmaceutical CEO, who became a pariah after raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 percent, has been preening for cameras and trolling on social media, potentially complicating his defense.

He stepped down as head of Turing in 2015 following his arrest on the fraud charges. She referred to Shkreli as "the most hated man in America".

Shkreli is accused of mismanaging money at his investment funds Elea Capital, MSMB Capital, MSMB Healthcare, as well as while CEO of Retrophin (RTRX), the pharmaceutical company he founded in 2011.

Judge Kiyo Matsumoto denied the mistrial application and still allowed a member of the press to report on the sidebar interviews of potential jurors Tuesday.

"A person who puts profit over everything else".

Still, average Americans can relate more to high drug prices than they can to backroom corporate dealings-a phenomenon that was on display in Matsumoto's courtroom on Monday.

Shkreli is facing eight counts of securities and wire fraud in connection to an alleged Ponzi-like scheme involving one of his old pharmaceutical companies, Retrophin.

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Some of the potential jurors had actually been personally affected by Shkreli's controversial business decision, having taken Darprim, the drug he upcharged from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed to strike more than a dozen jurors for cause based on their opinions of Mr. Shkreli.

Another man just didn't like the looks of him.

In court, Brafman railed against coverage from the New York Post in particular, which he said had portrayed his client as a "reviled price gouger". About two-thirds of roughly 90 prospective jurors questioned in the morning session were dismissed.

By the end of the day, more than 130 prospective jurors were dismissed, including some who were let go because work obligations, medical needs, and other reasons not related to their feelings about Shkreli.

Shkreli's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, joked about the woman's strongly negative reaction.

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