It's not very often that I get to talk about something positive that has happened in this country, but on Wednesday of this week, a judge revoked the bail of pharma bro Martin Shkreli after he has posted online that he was offering five thousand dollars to anyone who could get him a lock of Hillary Clinton's hair.
His Facebook post had said he would "pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton".
"That is a solicitation to assault in exchange for money that is not protected by the First Amendment", Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto said in her decision.
Once dubbed "The Most Hated Man in America" for jacking up the price of an HIV drug, the 34-year-old was convicted of securities fraud last month for mismanaging two investment funds. Shkreli said he wanted to DNA test it to link the Clinton Foundation to possible crimes (or, as he said later in an interview, to see if Clinton's a lizard).
Shkreli's Facebook post had the Secret Service on high alert, and prosecutors asked for the judge to revoke his bail, calling it "an escalating pattern of threats and harassment".
"Stupid doesn't make you violent", Brafman said, adding that his client's Facebook posts had shown "immaturity, satire, a warped sense of humor".
The post prompted an investigation by the US Secret Service.
"I understand now, that some may have read my comments about Mrs. Clinton as threatening, when that was never my intention when I made the comments", Shkreli wrote in the letter.
For now, Shkreli will await his January 16 sentencing at Metropolitan Detention Center in Greenwood instead of his Manhattan apartment, which was a familiar backdrop for his live-streamed bluster.
"I used poor judgment but never meant to cause alarm or promote any act of violence whatsoever", said Shkreli in a letter meant to save him from going to jail. Shkreli's actions in the pharmaceutical industry are no different than any of the other companies out there, and they deserve the same level of scrutiny that the media has given Martin Shkreli. "Spend your resources investigating her, not me!", he said in a post the same day prosecutors filed their motion to have his bail revoked.
Shkreli faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on three counts of fraud. Shkreli's lawyers also compared his comments to Kathy Griffin's comedy and President Trump's "political hyperbole". "Come at me with you [sic] hardest because I haven't seen anything impressive yet".