A federal judge Wednesday ordered "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli to stop commenting on his ongoing securities fraud trial in and around the public areas of a New York courthouse after Shkreli went on a five-minute rant to reporters last week.
"I was shocked that there were these comments, these statements," said Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, referring to Shkreli's outbursts. "There's a great risk jurors will be exposed."
Also Wednesday, prosecutors who sought to have Shkreli gagged from talking about the case revealed that Shkreli's defense team several times had approached prosecutors about potentially resolving the case with a guilty plea to avoid going to trial.
Prosecutors said that fact, disclosed for the first time in Brooklyn, New York, federal court, contradicted Shkreli's claim to journalists last week that he never considered a plea offer. The terms of that offer, which presumably would have reduced Shkreli's punishment at sentencing, were not revealed.
An angry Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli's lead lawyer, said Shkreli "categorically" refused to even consider a plea deal with the prosecution, although Brafman conceded he himself had reached out to prosecutors about a potential deal.
Brafman said Shkreli told him, "I would never plead guilty to something I did not do. ... We're going to trial."
Brafman said that he was bound ethically to see if the case could be resolved before going to trial to protect the interests of his client.
But, "He told me, 'I'm not pleading guilty to something did not do,'" Brafman said.