Prospective Martin Shkreli Juror Upon Being Dismissed: 'He Disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan'
More than 200 jurors were dismissed.
Earlier this month, Martin Shkreli was convicted of three counts of fraud in a Manhattan federal court. Shkreli, of course, worked hard to make himself a public villain after it was revealed that he had raised the price of an anti-AIDS drug 5,000 percent.
As such, one imagines that his attorneys had trouble finding the mythical “impartial juror” who could come into the trial with no preconceived notion or opinion of the defendant. Shkreli wasn’t a serial killer exactly, but he was reviled like one.
Today, Harper’s posted transcripts of jury selection from the trial, which confirms that the process was protracted due to so many potential jurors lustily expressing their extreme distaste for Shkreli. According to Harper’s, over 200 jurors were dismissed, including Juror No. 59, who was clear to make it known that Shkreli had crossed him by f--king with the Wu-Tang Clan:
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.
Then there was this person, who cut straight to the heart of the matter:
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 transcript shows that prospective jurors had so much bile for Shkreli that they began to be dismissed after just one statement, or before their statement was even finished.
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.
All of these people are correct. Shkreli faces up to 45 years in prison.
This article originally appeared on Spin