Shkreli, AKA "Pharma Bro," who gained notoriety for acquiring and jacking up the prices of a life-saving drug used by AIDS patients by 5,000%, officially started his trial for securities fraud on Wednesday.
people hate martin shkreli so much they haven't been able to find a single juror for his fraud trail https://t.co/SIPFDQ8vzv pic.twitter.com/oaNKQKqz1B
— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) June 28, 2017
— packergirl (@p9cker_girl) June 26, 2017
Shkreli, who previously said, "I'm so innocent, the jury, judge and prosecution are gonna give me an apology," gave an impromptu press conference during a lunch break on Friday, describing the prosecution as "junior varsity" and complaining that "people blame me for everything to a group of reporters in a sixth-floor courtroom set up for them to watch the trial via closed-circuit television.
Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli's lawyer, interrupted the tirade by peering into the room and saying, "Martin, can I talk to you for a minute?"
So when CNBC's Meg Tirrell caught up with the pair outside the courtroom and asked Brafman about the comments his client made about the trial and the prosecution, Shkreli interrupted by saying, "He'll do whatever he wants."
While Brafman expressed hope that his client "doesn't ever do it again," the damage was already done.
Trial of leading US pharmacist Martin Shkreli is said to show inherent bias and discrimination against people born with punchable faces. pic.twitter.com/BRuVNyrAVH— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) June 26, 2017
When I saw "Martin Shkreli" trending I naturally assumed the Trump Administration had hired him as a new official #WealthCareBill spokesman.— True Blue Liberal (@TrueBlueLiberal) June 26, 2017
Are we just gonna ignore the dude walking directly into the barrier?— Scott (@scootermacgavin) July 1, 2017
pic.twitter.com/DdlL9bf4xk— Janis McD (@janismcdonald_) July 1, 2017