Jurors in the Martin Shkreli securities fraud trial could begin considering his fate late next week, as prosecutors indicated Friday that their case is winding down.
If jurors do begin deliberations, it might be just in time given the fraying nerves that have become evident among prosecutors and defense attorneys during the long trial of the notorious "pharma bro" Shkreli.
The trial judge twice in the past two days has reprimanded lawyers on both sides for making snarky comments about one other.
"Look, this is like two little children arguing," Judge Kiyo Matsumoto snapped Friday in Brooklyn, New York, federal court, where one of Shkreli's lawyers, Marc Agnifilo, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alixandra Smith had exchanged verbal digs.
"You can be the adult in the room," Agnifilo replied, trying to make light of the moment.
"You be the adult in the room," Matsumoto shot back.
"It doesn't do anything good," Matsumoto said of the lawyers' bickering.
The judge added that she found "some of the language" in legal filings both sides made on Thursday was "in my mind ... really unacceptable."
Prosecutors and defense lawyers have squabbled in recent days over the prosecution's bid to introduce multiple documents into evidence without having to call witnesses to explain the relevance of those documents.
Shkreli's lawyers have said in legal papers that the prosecution is "deathly afraid" of calling those witnesses to testify because, "like its earlier witnesses, their credibility will not withstand cross examination."
Prosecutors indicated they might rest their case on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest.
The defense, in turn, implied it may just call several witnesses, at the most.