Martin Shkreli 'Disrespected The Wu-Tang-Clan' So Jurors Walk Out

In such high profile criminal cases, it can be difficult to find an impartial jury - one that doesn't have any preconceived convictions of the defendant.

Martin Shkreli is one such case, with the defendant convicted of three counts of fraud in August 2017.

Shkreli hit the headlines when he wormed his way up Wall Street and even drove the price of an anti-AIDS drug up by 5,000 percent.

Today, Harper's have posted transcripts of some of the conversations held in the run-up to trying to find an unbiased jury.

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There were quite a few who spoke out in disgust at the man, over 200 were dismissed by the court, but there are some stand-out ones, including two who held him to account over his affiliation with the Wu-Tang Clan.

Shkreli was the buyer of the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's double album 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin' in 2015.

He paid $2million for the record, under agreement that he didn't release it for 88 years.

However, after promising to leak the album if Trump was elected president, Shkreli played several songs from record during a livestream video.

Here are some of the recorded conversations from the Wu-Tang fan jurors:

Court: All right. I'm going to excuse you. Juror Number 59, come on up.

Juror No 59: Your Honour, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because -

Court: OK. Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?

59: It's my attitude toward his entire demeanour, what he has done to people.

Court: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.

59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Now enter Juror No. 144...

Court: Juror Number 144, tell us what you have heard.

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.

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?

144: I don't think I can because he kind of looks like a dick.

Shkreli's Wu-Tang Clan rumours aren't likely to impact his case, but he does face 20 years for three counts of fraud.

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The WTC are one of the most famous American hip-hop groups from New York. They've released seven gold and platinum studio albums with worldwide sales of 40 million albums.

Band members include: RXA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Masta Killa and Cappadonna.

However, the Wu-Tang Clan weren't the sole reason for being excused. Some prospective jurors were just outright enraged by Shkreli's attitude:

Court: Juror 28, do you need to be heard?

28: 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 -

Court: Sir, thank you.

The process of finding impartial jurors was protracted - most likely due to the large amount of distaste towards the convicted fraudster.

After the verdict was originally given, Shkreli emerged from court saying that he was 'delighted in many ways'.

He said: "This was a witch hunt of epic proportions, and maybe they found one or two broomsticks."

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Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.

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