Government called for former pharmaceutical CEOs bail to be revoked 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former pharmaceuticals corporation CEO who was once known as” the most hated humankind in America”, has had his bail repealed after provoking online anticsand is going to jail in New York while he awaits convicting for securities fraud.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 judge at a Wednesday hearing sided with a government demand to jail Shkreli, the so-called pharma bro, went on to say that Shkreli’s offer to pay a $5,000 reward for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle was ” solicitation of an assault “.
The judge said that was not protected 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 appears to be 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, to continue efforts to grab a hair from her. I must support the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per mane obtained from Hillary Clinton .”
A defense attorney had argued in courtroom newspapers that Shkreli’s recent offering was merely a tasteless joke comparable to some of Donald Trump’s derisive commentaries , not a threat worthy of putting him behind bars.
” Indeed, in the current political climate, disagreement has unfortunately often taken the form of political irony, exaggeration, parody or irony ,” wrote the defense lawyer, Ben Brafman.” There is a difference, however, between statements that are intended to threaten or harass and remarks albeit offensive ones that are intended as political satire or strained humor .”
Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing, determined for 16 January.
Best known for hiking up the cost of a life-saving medicine 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 sentence and thinks there is a” 50 -5 0 chance” he won’t face any penalty. He chatted with fans on his YouTube channel and sparred with a reporter after last month’s verdict.
” In sum and substance ,” he said,” I feel vindicated .”