This will be the open thread for trial updates/observations, for Tuesday July 11, 2017.
As many have noted in comments, the prosecution witnesses are painting a pretty consistent picture of who Martin Shkreli is — at base.
And much (most?) of that picture suggests a dishonest man, a man of low character. I am pretty sure Mr. Brafman will not be able to find 30 or so witnesses, of equal standing, to white-wash, and repaint… this portrait.
But we shall see. I do think six weeks of this is going to be devastating to his chances — especially where the whole defense seems to be “at least some people made money“.
Good luck there, team defense. And strictly speaking, character only becomes part of the case when the defense puts his “generally good” character in issue — as it clearly has, here. [I do think this sort of stuff matters to the ordinary people, in the jury box.]
The jury is thus (as a matter of law) allowed to hear evidence that would suggest (at a minimum) Mr. Shkreli ought not be believed, as to his version of these events.
Let’s see what today brings!