Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Lawyer: 'Pharma Bro' joking about bounty for Clinton's hair

Lawyer: 'Pharma Bro' joking about bounty for Clinton's hair

"Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli is to be locked up for making a lewd threat against Hillary Clinton.

"Matsumoto said that while Shkreli had edited the original post to say, "this is satire, meant for humor", the next day he put up another post that echoed the first: "$5,000 but the hair has to include a follicle.

Shkreli was convicted in August on securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

Shkreli is best known as the CEO of a pharmaceutical company that hiked up the price of a life-saving drug to make massive profits.

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

U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto ruled that Shkreli's September 4 post, made shortly before Clinton embarked on a book tour, showed he posed a danger to the public. But his behavior changed when Matsumoto said that she had made a decision to jail him, and he sat quietly at the defense table for the rest of the hearing. The judge characterized the post as a solicitation to assault another person for $5,000 and revoked Shkreli's $5 million bail. Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman argued that his client had not intended his words to be taken seriously and that his Facebook post was satire, not an incitement to violence.

Shkreli had written on Facebook that he would give $5,000 to someone who plucked Secretary Clinton's hair during her book tour.

In his Facebook post, Shkreli offered his followers $5,000 for a sample of Clinton's hair, which prosecutors said showed an "escalating pattern of threats and harassment". I must confirm the sequences I have.

It was, they noted, not the first time that Shkreli had made inflammatory posts on social media. "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 an earlier letter to the judge.

Shkreli apologized, saying he "used poor judgment" and asked the judge not to change his bail status. He faces up to 20 years in prison, though the term could end up being shorter under federal sentencing guidelines, the AP reports. Shkreli's actions in the pharmaceutical industry are no different than any of the other companies out there, and they deserve the same level of scrutiny that the media has given Martin Shkreli. Matsumoto responded. "He doesn't know who his followers are".

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