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Published on August 17th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Fun Reading: Transcripts from the Jury Selection Process for the Trial of Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Show Wu-Tang Fans Have Strong Opinions

Harper’s Magazine published the transcripts of the jury selection process for the trial of Martin Shkreli, the pharma bro who gouged vulnerable people with hikes in drug price, hedge fund manager (who allegedly defrauded investorsO and unrepentant hoarder of Wu-Tang Clan material (he bought the one-copy-only Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for a couple million dollars). Here are some excerpts:

The Court: Well, I’m going to excuse you. Juror Number 144, tell us what you have heard.

Juror no. 144: I heard through the news of how the defendant changed the price of a pill by up-selling it. I heard he bought an album from the Wu-Tang Clan for a million dollars.

The Court: The question is, have you heard anything that would affect your ability to decide this case with an open mind. Can you do that?

Juror no. 144: I don’t think I can because he kind of looks like a dick.

The court: You are Juror Number 144 and we will excuse you.

[…]

The court: All right. I’m going to excuse you. Juror Number 59, come on up.

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.

The full article can be found here. (Via Shane)




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