NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tuesday marked the second day of jury deliberations in the securities fraud trial of former pharmaceutical boss Martin Shkreli.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the jury began deliberations Monday in the trial in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors accused Shkreli of looting his own drug company to pay back disgruntled investors in two failed hedge funds he ran.
Attorneys on Tuesday haggled with the judge about exactly how to respond to juror questions. They asked for definitions including, “What is fraudulent intent?”
The jury note was the first and only one so far since deliberations began.
Before his arrest in 2015 in the securities fraud case, Shkreli became notorious for purchasing the rights to a drug called Daraprim and promptly raising the price by 5,000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. The defendant, who didn’t testify, also came into the trial with a reputation for trolling his critics on social media to a degree that got him kicked off Twitter and earned him the moniker “Pharma Bro.”
Rather than lay low like his lawyers wanted, Shkreli got into the act, using Facebook to bash prosecutors and news organizations covering his case. In one recent post, he wrote, “My case is a silly witch hunt perpetrated by self-serving prosecutors. … Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the (Department of Justice).”
Shkreli faces eight counts of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. If convicted of the most serious counts, he faces up to 20 years in prison but would likely receive far less time under sentencing guidelines.
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