The New York Times reports:
More than 120 potential jurors in the fraud trial of Martin Shkreli were dismissed Monday, with some calling him “a snake,” “the most hated man in America” and “the face of corporate greed.”
Several potential jurors on Monday blamed Mr. Shkreli broadly for the problems of the pharmaceutical industry. Three, for instance, castigated him for raising the price of the EpiPen. (He did not.) Others said they had been affected personally by Mr. Shkreli’s price increases. (The potential jurors were not identified by name in court.)
Another man told the judge, Kiyo A. Matsumoto, “This is the price gouger of drugs.” He added: “My kids are on some of these drugs. This impacts my kids.” One woman mimicked throttling someone as she talked about Mr. Shkreli’s raising the price of “the AIDS drug.” “Who does that?” she said. “A person that puts profit over everything else?”
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“I think he’s a very evil man,” said one young woman in Brooklyn, New York, federal court as she was questioned by Judge Kiyo Matsumoto out of Shkreli’s earshot about her bias toward him, as prosecutors and defense lawyers listened in.
“I don’t think I can be fair. My opinion is pretty well formed,” the woman said, according to a pool reporter who was listening in on her and other sidebar interviews of would-be jurors. “I wouldn’t want to serve on this jury.”
A male prospective juror said, “I have total disdain for the man.” A second man said, “This is the price gouger of drugs. My kids are on some of these drugs.” A third man said, “He kind of looks like a dick.”