Judge denies request to restart Shkreli jury selection

Martin Shkreli defies advice to keep quiet before his fraud trial

Infamous "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli bought website urls in the names of two female journalists covering his trial, including a Post reporter, and announced Tuesday that he's selling the domains for $12,000 - a 1000-percent markup.

On Monday, jury selection for the trial of Shkreli kicked off, and it wasn't long before the excitement of seeing Shkreli brought to justice was dampened, ironically, due to how universally reviled he is.

"So much for the presumption of innocence", Brafman said. The jurors were not identified by name in court.

Some of the potential jurors had actually been personally affected by Shkreli's controversial business decision, having taken Darprim, the drug he upcharged from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

Shkreli, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, made headlines when he unapologetically hiked the price of a life-saving drug in 2015.

In court Monday, dozens of prospective jurors called Shkreli's past actions as "evil" and "disgusting" and said they could not be impartial in the case. "They're struggling to pay" for their daily medical routine.

Daraprim treats toxoplasmosis, a parasitic affliction that affects people with compromised immune systems, and is used by Aids patients.

"The fact he raised the price of that AIDS drug - who does that?" said another woman who was reportedly dismissed. "My kids are on some of these drugs".

"Who does that?" she said.

"A person who puts profit over everything else".

Shkreli, 34, faces charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy for allegedly cheating investors out of more than $11 million between 2009 and 2014 in what federal prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.

Other potential jurors had bad reactions to Shkreli himself.

One said she had not known what the trial was about when she walked in and saw Mr. Shkreli.

"I looked right at him, and in my head I said, 'That's a snake, ' not knowing who he is", one woman reportedly said.

In April, a judge ruled that Shkreli could be tried separately from his former attorney, who has also been charged in the case.

But as Shkreli's defense attorney Benjamin Brafman noted at an earlier pre-trial hearing, Shkreli "travels to the beat of a very unique drummer". "A lawyer can caution him", he said.

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