Judge asked to si­lence de­fen­dant

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - — COM­PILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors have asked the judge over­see­ing Martin Shkreli’s fraud trial to is­sue a rule of si­lence, ar­gu­ing that Shkreli has made a spec­ta­cle of the pro­ceed­ings.

Shkreli, 34, faces eight counts of se­cu­ri­ties and wire fraud re­lat­ing to his man­age­ment of two hedge funds and a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany. His trial in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Brook­lyn, N.Y., started last week.

Shkreli of­ten holds live chats on so­cial me­dia af­ter re­turn­ing home from court. And on Fri­day, he stopped by a room where sev­eral jour­nal­ists were work­ing for an on-there­cord chat. He called the pros­e­cu­tors on the case “ju­nior var­sity” and ar­gued that a woman who had tes­ti­fied about her tan­gled in­vest­ment in his hedge fund was not a “vic­tim,” ac­cord­ing to CNBC.

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