TRIAL JUDGE TELLS SHKRELI TO SHUT UP

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK» A judge has told “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli to keep his mouth shut at his se­cu­ri­ties fraud trial.

Pros­e­cu­tors had sought a gag or­der af­ter an im­promptu gag­gle by Shkreli last week with news re­porters cov­er­ing his case.

The judge got as­sur­ances on Wed­nes­day from the lawyer of the for­mer phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany CEO that his client wouldn’t talk to re­porters any­more in or around the court­house to avoid taint­ing the jury. She stopped short of halt­ing his run­ning com­men­tary on so­cial me­dia.

Shkreli be­came no­to­ri­ous in 2015 when a drug com­pany he founded in­creased the price of a life-sav­ing drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He was ar­rested on unrelated charges he cheated in­vestors in a pair of failed hedge funds.

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