Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Jailed for ‘Soliciting Assault’ of Hillary Clinton

A federal judge revoked Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli’s bail Wednesday, ordering him jailed for a threat to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

U.S. District Court Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said Shkreli’s recent social media offer of $5,000 to anyone who would “grab” some of Clinton’s hair for him during her current book tour represented “a solicitation of an assault in exchange for money that is not protected by the First Amendment.”

“The fact that he continues to remain unaware of the … inappropriateness of his actions or words demonstrates to me that he may be creating an ongoing risk to the community,” said Matusmoto.

In ordering the outspoken and often provocative defendant jailed, the judge brushed aside an apology he had offered in a legal brief filed Tuesday by attorney Benjamin Brafman, Matsumoto similarly dismissed defense arguments during a Wednesday night hearing.

“He says things that are stupid, and I think stupid doesn’t make you violent.” argued Brafman, who urged the judge to  “give him another chance.”

However, prosecutors said the incident required U.S. Secret Service agents to assess the threat as part of their protection of Clinton. They argued in a court motion that there was “significant risk” that “one of his many social media followers or others who learn of his offers through the media will take his statements seriously … and act on them.”

Shkreli, dressed in a lavender-colored shirt, appeared emotionless as Matsumoto revoked the $5,000 bail he had previously posted during his trial on unrelated securities fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly ripping off investors in two hedge funds and taking stock and money from a pharmaceutical company.

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SOURCE: Melanie Eversley
USA TODAY