Martin Shkreli going to jail after seeking Hillary Clinton’s hair
"Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, who you may otherwise know as former backer of Collect Records and owner of that one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album (that he recently listed on eBay) is heading to jail. He was out on bail, to the tune of five million dollars, after being found guilty of three of eight counts of security fraud in August. However, after Shkreli posted to Facebook offering $5000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair, federal judge Kiyo Matsumoto revoked his bail, saying he's "demonstrated that he has posed a real danger." CNN says:
In a Facebook post last week, Shkreli promoted a conspiracy about the Clinton Foundation and said he would pay any person who could procure a lock of hair from the former presidential candidate.
Prosecutors said the post reflected "an escalating pattern of threats and harassment," adding that it had triggered an investigation by the Secret Service that required "a significant expenditure of resources."
In a hearing in Brooklyn federal court, Judge Matsumoto said she was particularly concerned that he had "doubled down" on his challenge for someone to grab the Clinton's hair. Shkreli said he required a hair with a follicle while urging his social media followers not to hurt anyone.
Shkreli, 34, has called the post "satire."
He ultimately asked Judge Matsumoto not to penalize him for "poor judgment" in a letter filed Tuesday.
"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 wrote in the letter. "I used poor judgment but never intended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever."
His defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, initially argued that Shkreli has a nonviolent background and was convicted on a nonviolent crime. He conceded that the comment was "stupid."
"Stupid doesn't make you violent. Sometimes stupid is just plain stupid," he said.
He asked the judge to ban his client from social media instead of sending him to jail.
I wonder where that leaves the fate of that Wu-Tang Clan album? The eBay auction is due to end Friday (9/15) at 10:08 PM.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton appeared at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan yesterday to promote her new book, What Happened.