Remember that guy who bought the AIDS treatment drug Daraprim back in 2015, then raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill? I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page. In case you didn’t click that link, right in the headline you’re told why everyone in the world hates Martin Shkreli:
Almost all of it is profit.”
Okay, now we’re on the same page.
So when Shkreli was arrested for securities fraud late that same year, Americans were understandably happy about it. We’d watched him double down on his asshole behavior over and over. We had seen him embroiled in a Twitter feud with national treasure* Patton Oswalt. Through it all, he never expressed a shred of remorse or shame, for either killing AIDS patients with his greed, or for setting up a Ponzi scheme to draw in investors. No remorse, even, for being an unbridled Trump supporter.
But that trial is about to start. The jury is selected, the judge is seated, and the proceedings are set to begin. The only problem is, Shkreli can’t keep his mouth shut. He has, in defiance of multiple court orders, live-streamed his ramblings about the case on YouTube. He’s been booted from Twitter for harassing a journalist. And in his latest douchebag maneuver, he burst into a courtroom filled with reporters, made fun of the prosecution, and just before his lawyer could yank him out of the room, stated:
I think the world blames me for almost everything.”
One is not, of course, supposed to talk to the media or jurors before a case — especially if you’re the one on trial. According to CNBC, the impromptu visit wasn’t just to mock prosecutors and investors. He also lied to reporters about ever having attempted a plea bargain, which his team actually tried many times to strike.
It was the last straw for New York Eastern District Court Judge Kiyo Matsumoto:
All your client has to do is stop talking in the courthouse and around the perimeter of the courthouse. This isn’t going to help Mr. Shkreli in the end.”
She ordered him to stop speaking to reporters in or outside the courtroom. I’m hoping that reporters will now allow him to hang himself by not asking him any questions as he passes by.
*Patton Oswalt did not pay me to say that. Thanks for nothing, Patton.
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