Government called for former pharmaceutical CEOs bail to be rescinded after he offered to pay $5,000 for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle
Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceuticals corporation CEO who was once known as” the most hated man in America”, has had his bail repealed after provoking online anticsand is going to jail in New York while he awaits convicting for securities fraud.
A magistrate at a Wednesday hearing sided with both governments demand to jail Shkreli, the so-called pharma bro, went on to say that Shkreli’s offer to pay a $5,000 bounty for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle was ” solicitation of an attack “.
The judge said that was not safeguarded by the first amendment and there was ” a risk someone may take” Shkreli up on his offer.
On Wednesday morning, Shkreli wrote to the court apologizing for his behaviour, saying:” I am not a violent person .”
But for the judge, it was too little, too late.
” He doesn’t have to apologize to me ,” she said.” He should apologize to the government, the Secret services and Hillary Clinton .”
Shkreli watched in silence as the hearing unfolded and sometimes set his head down and appeared to scribble notes. After the judge’s ruling, he remained expressionless as deputy US marshals led him out a side entrance of the courtroom without handcuffing him.
The government sought to get Shkreli locked up as a danger to the community amid the fallout from his social media post, which read:” The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must corroborate the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per mane obtained from Hillary Clinton .”
A defense attorney had argued in court newspapers that Shkreli’s recent give was simply a tasteless joke comparable to some of Donald Trump’s derisive statements , not a threat worthy of putting him behind bars.
” Indeed, in the current political climate, disagreement has unfortunately often taken the form of political wit, hyperbole, parody or satire ,” wrote the defense lawyer, Ben Brafman.” “Theres a difference”, however, between remarks that are intended to threaten or harass and commentaries albeit offensive ones that are intended as political wit or strained humor .”
Shkreli faces up to 20 years imprisonment at convicting, determined for 16 January.
Best known for hiking up the cost of a life-saving medication and for trolling his critics on social media, he was found guilty last month on charges, unrelated to the pricing scandal, that he cheated investors in two failed hedge funds he ran. The defense have asserted that investors got their original investments back and even induced hefty profits.
Shkreli has said he seems “exonerated” despite his belief and thinks there is a” 50 -5 0 possibility” he won’t face any penalty. He chatted with devotees on his YouTube channel and sparred with a reporter after last month’s verdict.
” In sum and substance ,” he said,” I feel vindicated .”