Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Martin Shkreli jailed for seeking a hair from Hillary Clinton

Martin Shkreli jailed for seeking a hair from Hillary Clinton

"He does not need to apologize to me". "That is a solicitation to assault in exchange for money", the judge said.

"Judge Matsumoto said that while Mr. 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.

The Washington Post reports that Shkreli was immediately taken into custody after the judge's decision. Shkreli awaits his January 16, 2018, sentencing at a federal jail in Brooklyn.

Shkreli's attorneys argued that his comments, while distasteful, did not make him risky. "He should apologize to the government, the Secret Service and Hillary Clinton". The Secret Service had even launched an investigation on Shkreli that required "a significant expenditure of resources". 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.

"In sum and substance", he said, "I feel exonerated".

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On Facebook, Shkreli has struck a more defiant note.

Martin Shkreli is now in jail following his comments on Hillary Clinton. But still, lock HER up.

"Another example of political hyperbole is when President Donald Trump, as a candidate, caused a controversy a year ago by implying that "Second Amendment people" could prevent former Secretary Clinton from abolishing their right to bear arms". "But she's the judge, and right now we will have to live with this decision". Maybe he was going to run her ancestry DNA results for her, we don't know.

"Indeed, in the current political climate, dissent has unfortunately often taken the form of political satire, hyperbole, parody, or sarcasm", Shkreli's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a letter to the court.

It was, they noted, not the first time that Shkreli had made inflammatory posts on social media.

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Shkreli, dressed in a lavender button-down shirt, was animated for much of the hearing, as he had been throughout his trial.

Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on three counts of fraud.

Since his conviction, the loquacious executive has kept an active - and combative - online presence. "On HRC's book tour, try to grab a hair from her", he wrote, referring to Clinton. "Being inappropriate does not make you a danger to the community".

The most recent bid is for $1,001,300 - a potential loss for Shkreli.

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