Martin Shkreli Lands in Jail Over Hillary Clinton Threat

Martin Shkreli Lands in Jail Over Hillary Clinton Threat

Martin Shkreli, the Pharma Bro people love to hate, was jailed for inciting an assault against Hillary Clinton as she embarks on her book tour.

Martin Shkreli, the Pharma Bro people love to hate, was jailed for inciting an assault against Hillary Clinton as she embarks on her book tour.

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical industry’s most famous super villain, now sits in jail for provoking assault against Hillary Clinton. The "Pharma Bro" posted on his Facebook page to thousands of fans that he would pay $5,000 for a strand of Clinton’s hair while she embarks on her book tour. Turns out, that's a crime.

Shkreli relishes his power to troll opposing prosecutors, members of Congress, journalists who cover him and, of course, women. His small army of loyal followers have tuned in to his frequent live streaming events and liked his Tweets until Wednesday, when U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in New York said enough was enough. The Judge deemed him a danger to the community following his assault on Clinton. “That is a solicitation to assault in exchange for money that is not protected by the First Amendment,” Matsumoto said before revoking Shkreli’s bail.

Martin Shkreli gained prominence as a pharmaceutical executive for marking up the price for a life-saving AIDS drug by 5,000%. He was convicted in August of three counts of fraud in relation of two hedge funds and a pharmaceutical company that he ran. He was scheduled to be sentenced on January 16, but he most likely will not be released from jail before 2018 unless his lawyers can prove that he poses no threat to the community.

Shkreli later edited his post about Clinton, claiming it had meant to be satirical, although he had posted a second time with the same offer. Regardless of his poor attempt at humor, his loyal fans could still act on it. These posts come after a flurry of sexually explicit tweets about Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca, in which he went so far as to photoshop his face into images of Duca with her husband. (Duca, to her end, naturally seemed pleased with the news.)

“Stupid doesn’t make you violent,” Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli’s lawyer said, adding that his client’s Facebook posts had shown “immaturity, satire, a warped sense of humor.” Brafman maintains that Shkreli deserves a second chance. Judge Matsumoto evidently disagreed, motioning for two deputy U.S. marshals to lead Shkreli to a holding cell, where he would then be transferred to a federal jail in Brooklyn.

Credits: Photo courtesy of Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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