Attorneys for Martin Shkreli’s business lawyer reportedly have raised “potentially career-ending allegations” about a government official involved inside the prosecution of Shkreli along with also in which lawyer.
The claims, which reportedly may involve a prosecutor inside the case, led to a temporary halt of the ongoing criminal trial of Shkreli’s ex-lawyer Evan Greebel.
The allegations, first reported by the online legal publication Law 360, were raised Wednesday in Brooklyn, completely new York, federal court, where Greebel is usually on trial for allegedly helping Shkreli with an alleged scam involving the publicly traded drug company Retrophin.
Shkreli, 34, was convicted last summer during a separate trial inside the same court in connection with defrauding a group of hedge fund investors who were then repaid with money along with also stock coming from Retrophin, which Shkreli founded.
Shkreli, who is usually due to be sentenced for three criminal charges next month, is usually currently being held in a federal jail without bail.
Shkreli had been free on a $2 million Discharge bond after his conviction. nevertheless in which bond was revoked in September after the trial judge ruled he was a danger because of a bizarre offer he made on Facebook to pay followers $5,000 for grabbing locks of hair coming from the head of Hillary Clinton.
Law 360 reported in which Greebel’s trial “came to a screeching halt” Wednesday during testimony by Steven Rosenfeld, an investor in both Retrophin along with also one of Shkreli’s hedge funds.
Rosenfeld, a non-practicing doctor called to the witness stand by Greebel’s lawyer, was reportedly being asked about what happened in 2015 when FBI agents visited his home to ask about a consulting agreement he had with Retrophin.
Shkreli along with also Greebel were accused of using bogus consulting agreements by Retrophin with investors in Shkreli’s hedge fund to repay them for their losses — nevertheless Rosenfeld claims he did actual work under the agreement.
According to Law 360, Rosenfeld testified he asked the FBI if he could call his attorney. A prosecutor then objected to in which line of questioning.
in which objection led to a lengthy discussion with prosecutors, defense lawyers along with also Judge Kiyo Matsumoto out of the earshot of jurors along with also observers inside the courtroom.
Another long sidebar conference followed after Greebel’s lawyer Randy Mastro asked Rosenfeld who had attended a subsequent meeting he had with government officials, Law 360 reported.
Matsumoto reportedly sent jurors home for the day early. She then ordered prosecutors along with also defense lawyers to file sealed legal briefs “on what she described as ‘potentially career-ending allegations’ made by the defense,” according to Law 360.
Matsumoto said the briefs should address the question of whether statements made by federal prosecutors outside a courtroom are admissible as evidence in a case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Pitluck, who is usually one of the prosecutors in Greebel’s case, said in court in which the allegations raised by the defense are “very serious,” according to Law 360.
Greebel’s lawyers, in a letter to the judge filed Wednesday, wrote in which statements made to Rosenfeld by government officials should be allowed into evidence “to show why Dr. Rosenfeld might have felt motivated to cooperate with the government along with also to provide context for what he knew in subsequent meetings.”
Defense lawyers later Wednesday filed another letter to the judge, which is usually sealed.
On Thursday morning, prosecutors filed their own sealed letter to Matsumoto.
Shkreli’s criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman on Thursday told CNBC in an email in which he did not have any information on the controversy, noting in which the relevant documents had been sealed.