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A federal judge rejected a mistrial request from Martin Shkreli, whose lawyer claimed news stories about opinions expressed by prospective jurors would taint the jury pool, CNBC reports. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 180 potential jurors had been dismissed from serving over the course of a two-day search, according to The New York Business Journal.

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  • Ultimately there will be a change of venue for the Shkreli. I would like to recommend Hanging Judge William H. Platt, who sentenced serial killer Charles Cullen. When Cullen appeared at his sentencing hearing he launched into a tirade towards the judge, even after being gagged. Judge Platt had the last laugh, however, sentencing Cullen to six additional life sentences for disorderly conduct. It’s not clear whether those life sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively. Cullen will be eligible for parole in about 300 years, which seems about right for “The Bro”.

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