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Shkreli May Intimidate `Mere Mortals' But Lawyer Sees No Threat

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Watch Martin Shkreli Take the Fifth and Laugh at Congress

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Martin Shkreli’s intellect might be intimidating to “mere mortals” but he’s no threat to anyone, according to his lawyer. The attorney’s boast was in response to government claims that potential witnesses fear the former pharma executive will retaliate if they testify in a criminal fraud case.

Shkreli, the biotechnology company founder best known for raising the price of a drug for a rare disease by more than 5,000 percent, has a pattern of threatening or intimidating those who come into conflict with him, worrying potential witnesses in his criminal case, the prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday in Brooklyn, New York, federal court.