Remember this business maverick?
Martin Shkreli was a hedge fund manager and entrepreneur, living life the American way, pursuing happiness and property as the Founding Fathers intended.
In 2015 Shkreli became a media sensation when his company acquired the rights to the drug Daraprim, which is used to treat the parasitic infection 'Toxoplasmosis'.
AIDS patients, HIV positive men, pregnant women, and others with a weakened immune systems took Daraprim protect from the infection.
Before Shkreli's company bought Daraprim it was sold at $13.50 a dose.
After he bought it? $750 a pill.
Yeah, now you remember why this particular gentleman quickly became known online as the "pharma bro".
Shkreli is currently part of an ongoing fraud trial.
Harpers' Bazaar has acquired and published the transcripts of the jury selection process for said trial, and they make interesting reading.
Ahead of trials in the US, potential jurors must show they do not have a bias which might prejudice them against a defendant or plaintiff.
Lawyers and judges for instance will try to remove white supremacists from trials where the defendant is Black.
The jury selection for this particular trial featured some top notch reasons potential jurors were excused from jury service. During the selection process, a staggering 200 potentials were dismissed for allegedly being prejudiced against Shkreli.
Here are some of the best reasons as featured in the documents released by Harpers' Bazaar:
I'm aware of the defendant and I hate him.
I think he's a greedy little man.
The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to
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 HIV people need and jack it up five thousand percent. I would honestly, like, seriously like to go over there—
He's the most hated man in America.
I have total disdain for the man.
Is he stupid or greedy? I can’t understand
From everything I’ve seen on the news, everything I’ve read, I believe the defendant is the face of corporate greed in America.
Many were excused because they had family or close friends using the Daraprim.
Despite being reminded by the judge that the case was not related to Daraprim, multiple jurors thought it would influence their view of the defendant and the case at hand.
For some, it was not just his alleged prior actions, but his looks:
I was looking yesterday in the newspaper and I saw the defendant. There was something about him. I can’t be fair. There was something that didn’t look right.
When I walked in here today I looked at him, and in my head, that’s a snake—not knowing who he was—I just walked in and looked right at him and that’s a snake
I don’t think I can [approach the case with an open mind] because he kind of looks like a d***.
For one, it was a question of taste. Here is Juror 59's exchange with the Court:
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.