Well, this is one way to face bad news.
Shortly after being found guilty of three federal felonies, former hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli called a press conference to announce he was "delighted" with the verdict--which could send him to prison for years.
Is he crazy, or brilliant? If you haven't followed this story, you'll remember Shkreli from his fame two years ago, when his biotech firm, Turing Pharmaceuticals, acquired the patent to a drug used to treat malaria, cancer and aids, and jacked up the retail price by more than 5,000 percent.
He was dubbed the "Pharma Bro" and "the most hated man in America" at the time, but his current legal troubles stem from something unrelated. Prosecutors charged Shkreli with creating an "$11 million Ponzi scheme" during a five-week trial. (Shkreli says his investors didn't actually lose any money.)
He was convicted of two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud--although the jury acquitted him of five other counts. The conviction carries a potential 20 years in federal prison, but Shkreli was defiant, both outside the courthouse and reportedly on social media afterward.
"We're delighted in many ways with this verdict," he said, surrounded by his lawyers, shortly after the verdict. "This was a witch hunt of epic proportions. Maybe they found a few broomsticks but at the end of the day we were acquitted [of the most serious charges]..."
Meantimee, a Twitter account that USA Today reports is linked to Shkreli tweeted shortly after the jury's decision: "After that witch hunt, I'll take it. MSMB investors tripled their money, on average, EXCLUDING any settlements."
So, is he crazy? Is he leveraging the power of positive thinking and public relations to an almost unheard-of degree? That one sentence, heck the one word, "delighted" sure is a funny way to react to a criminal conviction.
By all accounts, this was a bizarre trial, with the defense rather than the prosecution clamoring to bring in more alleged victims. (The defense portrayed the victims as "as rich and out of touch," and "sophisticates who didn't carefully read the documents Mr. Shkreli gave them," The New York Times reported.)
And Shkreli seemed to be at pains to suggest he wasn't taking the trial seriously: dropping in on reporters during the trial (he called the prosecutors "junior varsity"), taking to social media during the evenings, declining to wear a tie in court, and ostentatiously reading a book during closing arguments.
Later, the account that USA Today says is his tweeted that he thinks he faces between "no" prison time and "six months" if his convictions are upheld.
As someone who practiced law, the idea of a client taking to Twitter to predict a judge's sentence sounds crazy to me. How it all turns out will depend on the appeal--and Shkreli is clearly banking on victory either there--or in the court of public opinion.
If nothing else he certainly has our attention.