Shkreli ordered jailed for online bounty on Hillary Clinton's hair

Shkreli ordered jailed for online bounty on Hillary Clinton's hair

Shkreli ordered jailed for online bounty on Hillary Clinton's hair

Former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli has had his bail revoked and is going to jail in NY while he awaits sentencing for a securities fraud conviction.

"If he had made the comments about another author who wasn't Clinton, I don't think there would be a bail revocation hearing going on here", said Bachner. "I understand now, that some may have read my comments about Mrs. Clinton as threatening, when that was never my intention when making those comments", Shkreli said in a letter to the judge.

Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of NY called Shkreli a "danger to the community" because of his posts.

Shkreli has said he feels "exonerated" despite his conviction and thinks there's a "50-50 chance" he won't face any punishment. But the post that brought him to prosecutors' attention and led the Secret Service to launch an investigation centered on a since-deleted Facebook post from last week.

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Shkreli, who earned the nickname "Pharma Bro" for exploits that included increasing to the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, apologized for the post in a letter to Matsumoto on Tuesday, calling it an "awkward attempt at humor or satire". To the contrary, within minutes of posting my remarks about Mrs. Clinton's hair, I posted quite clearly that I was absolutely "not" encouraging anyone to assault anyone. "I want to assure Your Honor that I am not a violent person, have never personally engaged in any violent behavior, nor have I ever intentionally encouraged anyone to do so".

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said that a distinction should be made between crude satire and bona fide threats or harassment.

Prosecutors cited Shkreli's recent online antics as reasons to lock up the infamous ex-pharmaceutical CEO. The judge on Wednesday set Shkreli's sentencing date for January 16.

Patients and USA lawmakers were outraged in 2015 when Shkreli, then chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price of anti-infection drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent. The judge chastised him for entering a room reserved for reporters unaccompanied by his lawyer, where he dismissed his prosecutors as "junior varsity".

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