Shkreli lawyer’s closing argument: ‘There’s something wrong with Martin Shkreli’

A jury found pharmaceutical price-gouging Wu Tang fan Martin Shkreli guilty of three counts of securities fraud on Friday, but not without the defense mustering its best attempt at casting Shkreli as a loony bin outcast in closing arguments. Apparently they hoped jurors would sympathize with my dude’s total inability to empathize with other humans.

“What do you hear from this, every single witness?” Shkreli’s attorney Benjamin Brafman asked. “It’s that there’s something wrong with Martin Shkreli.” Brafman cited one of the government prosecution’s witnesses calling Shkreli “Rain Man.” He also brought back up the time Shkreli told a gay investor, “I like you a lot,” apparently to prove that the former Retrophin CEO is a “sexually confused misfit who marches to the beat of his own drummer,” in The Daily Beast’s words.

While it’s clear prospective jurors, witnesses, and everyone else agrees that there’s something wrong with Shkreli that repeatedly punching him in the face may or may not resolve, Shkreli is probably headed to prison. He’s currently live-streaming to celebrate. When I tuned in, he said, “I’m one of the richest New Yorkers there is.”

[photo: Jane Rosenberg]