There are few people who are more universally hated than Martin Shkreli. That sort of thing tends to happen when you price-gouge life saving drugs, or offer your ex $10k for oral sex, or try to troll a famous comedian who recently lost their wife.
Shkreli isn't the only person who's price-gouged medicine; he just became a symbol for the disgusting practice, which is unfortunately protected under constitutional law. In fact, he's not even going to trial for his shady pharma-dealings, but instead for securities fraud.
But that doesn't make people hate him any less, a fact that is quickly proving to be difficult for his trial: because finding a jury that isn't believably biased is almost impossible at this point.
Shkreli's trial began today, but if potential juror reactions to him are any indication, this is going to be a drawn-out affair.
Jurors just can't keep their opinions to themselves.
Jury selection is an uphill battle for Shkreli defense team. 1 prospective juror today said of Shkreli, "I have total distain for the man."— Stewart Bishop (@stewartbishop) June 26, 2017
"I know he's the most hated man in America," prospective juror says of Martin Shkreli. Needless to say, she was excused for cause.— Stewart Bishop (@stewartbishop) June 26, 2017
Some even pantomimed killing him.
Shkreli's so disliked that there still hasn't been a single juror selected for the trial yet.
So I guess being so reviled is actually working out in his favor, now?