Martin Shkreli jailed after 'soliciting an assault' on Hillary Clinton

Martin Shkreli jailed after 'soliciting an assault' on Hillary Clinton

On Wednesday, "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli was sent to jail after a judge found he violated his bail with a social media positing that posed a threat to Hillary Clinton, according to The Washington Post. He needed a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair, he told his 70,000 Facebook followers recently, and was willing to pay $5,000 for it.

District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn said the September 4 post, which prompted a call from the U.S. Secret Service, showed Shkreli posed a danger to the public that warranted revoking his $5 million bail. U.S. His sentencing will take place on January 16.

"This is a solicitation of assault".

Prosecutors said it was part of an "escalating pattern of violence against women" and that Shkreli also threatened political pundit Ana Kasparian, and Twitter suspended him after he harassed journalist Lauren Duca. "Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton". Prosecutors said the posting prompted the Secret Service to use more resources because it ran the risk that many of Shkreli's many social media followers would think he was serious. "He knew exactly what he was doing", she said. Responding to the mixed verdict, Shkreli said he was delighted by the outcome and suggested that law enforcement had made him a target in retaliation for the price hike of Dataprim and his brash "pharma bro" personality.

"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. "By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks".

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Shkreli became a household name in 2015 when he raised the price of the anti-infection drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent, from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

The 34-year-old defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, though the term could be much lower under sentencing guidelines.

Shkreli, who has indicated that he will appeal his conviction, argued at trial that he ultimately made money for his investors and did not intend to defraud them.

"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.

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