On Wednesday, Martin Shkreli, the notorious “pharma bro” who jacked up the prices for a life-saving drug, was revoked of his $5 million bond and jailed. This happened after he offered his Facebook followers a $5,000 reward for obtaining a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair during her book tour.
Prosecutors argued that this was a danger to the public. Shkreli apologized saying that he didn’t expect anyone to take his comments seriously.
His post got the attention of Secret Service so they increased the security of Clinton’s book tour.
This ruling came after Shkreli’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, pleaded with the judge for about an hour to not jail him for his “stupid” Facebook post.
“He does not need to apologize to me. He should have apologized to the government, the Secret Service, and Hillary Clinton,” said U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, while revoking his bond.
“This is a solicitation of assault. That is not protected by the First Amendment,” the judge continued.
He is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn until his sentencing on securities fraud charges on Wednesday, January 16th.
Shkreli wrote a letter to the judge stating:
“I wanted to personally apologize to this Court and my lawyers for the aggravation that my recent postings have caused. 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. I used poor judgment but never intended to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever, he wrote. He also added that quickly amended his post to make clear he was just joking.”
You can read his whole letter below:
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