YouTube livestreaming is a heck of a lot different from the witness stand — and Martin Shkreli’s lawyers know that. - From NY Daily News
George Stamboulidis, co-chair of BakerHostetler's White Collar Defense Team, said by calling him things like “weird” and an “odd duck” in openings, Brafman was "already trying to take the sting out of the negative personality traits jurors will hear about him.” With Shkreli on the stand, Stamboulidis said “the bigger risk is a guy like this opens the door, which then allows the prosecutors to cross examine him on more than they would otherwise be able to put before the jury, because it will go to his credibility.” Paul Shechtman — a veteran defense lawyer, former federal prosecutor and evidence expert — said that’s because prosecutors can bring up issues "that aren't easily answerable or you would prefer not to highlight." “Sometimes you're better off dealing in summation in your own words, rather than having your client struggle on the witness stand and create a bad impression.
Particularly, you've got to worry with a person like this, who thinks he's charming and others may not think so." Chatty boxing promoter Don King took his act to the stand in an insurance fraud case that ended in a mistrial.
The hip hop impresario's lawyer?
The 34-year-old was dubbed "America's most hated man" after he jacked up the price of Daraprim, a crucial AIDS drug, by more than 5,000% in September 2015.
Attorney Alixandra Smith said "if the defendant takes the stand and testifies, it opens the door for this.”