Big Pharma millionaire Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of a drug useful in controlling symptoms of HIV by 5000 percent, is facing the unexpected consequence of his greed and turning himself into an internet supervillain: His lawyers can’t find prospective jurors who don’t hate the dude on sight.
Shkreli is currently facing several charges of fraud related to a pair of hedge funds he managed in 2009 and 2014, some of which carry sentences of up to 20 years in jail. But his lawyers are struggling to find members of the jury pool who haven’t either heard of him and his various antisocial stunts or who simply react to his sh*t-eating grin and attention-seeking behavior with instinctual unease.
One juror reportedly told the defense that, “I looked right at him and, in my head, I said ‘That’s a snake.’”
Well, Big Pharma Bro, don’t expect a “fair trial” when you’ve spent years meticulously crafting an image of yourself as an obnoxious piece of sh*t.