A judge is sending Martin Shkreli to jail over Hillary Clinton threats

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

And prosecutors then asked Matsumoto to jail Shkreli, saying in a court filing that "his recent public conduct demonstrates that he can not meet his post-trial burden to show, by clear and convincing evidence, that he does not pose a danger to the community". So on HRC's book tour, try to grab a hair from her.

"Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment", prosecutors said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto last week.

In a letter to Matsumoto on Tuesday, Shkreli had written, "I wanted to personally apologize to this Court and my lawyers for the aggravation that my recent postings have caused". He emphasized that he "never meant to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever".

Shkreli said threatening Clinton was never his intention. The government calls the comments threats worthy of revoking the bail of the so-called Pharma Bro.

But on Facebook, Shkreli has struck a more defiant note. But still, lock HER up.

There is a hearing scheduled for Friday.

Shkreli's lawyers, meanwhile, compared his online comments to the political humor of Kathy Griffin, who held up a photograph of a faux bloody head of President Donald Trump and even Trump himself.

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Prosecutors argue that Shkreli has harassed Hillary Clinton before when in September 2016 he stood outside Chelsea Clinton's Manhattan apartment building, where the former secretary of state was recuperating after becoming ill during a memorial service at the World Trade Center, and heckled her during a two-hour live-streaming marathon. "By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks".

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

Brafman said that Shkreli should not be jailed because he "never intended any harm or violence". It follows a government filing last week that suggested Shkreli's behavior could be a reason to put him behind bars for being "a danger to the community".

This is not the first time prosecutors have complained to Matsumoto about Shkreli's conduct. Shkreli apologized after that incident too. Shkreli lied to obtain investors' money then didn't tell them when he made a bad stock bet that led to massive losses, prosecutors argued. He was acquitted of stealing from a drug company he later founded, Retrophin Inc, to pay them back.

The most serious count against Shkreli carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Since his conviction, the loquacious executive has kept an active - and combative - online presence.

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