A potential juror during voir dire in the jury trial (for securities fraud) of Martin Shkreli.
Other potential jurors, who were struck one-by-one, did not have much better, even after the judge reminded the potential jurors that the trial was not related to Mr.Shkreli’s role as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and his role in increasing the prices of certain drugs by, oh, 4,984%. Here is a sampling:
“He is the face of corporate greed in America.”
“You’d have to convince me he is innocent.”
“Who does that? A person who puts profit above everything else.”
“The most hated man in America.”
“I honestly don’t think I can be impartial.”
The judge reminded the panel of potential jurors about the presumption of innocence. But, jurors were not buying this justice stuff. One responded, “I understand that, but everything I’ve seen. . . ”
The judge interrupted him mid-sentence and had to hold a side bar because the defense raised the legitimate point that the jurors who were being excused for cause were tainting the remainder of the pool with their comments.
Sixty-nine jurors were dismissed — dozens for cause. Forty potential jurors return today for further screening. The judge has asked for 100 more for the panel. A defendant so notorious that you cannot bring together an unbiased panel. You may have crossed a few ethical lines when you can’t find a juror with an open mind about you.