Martin Shkreli Jailed for Hillary Clinton Facebook Post

Martin Shkreli Jailed for Hillary Clinton Facebook Post

Prosecutors had argued that Shkreli had already shown an "escalating pattern of violence against women that is incredibly disturbing", continuing: "It is clear that he is reckless. He is soliciting an assault on another person for $5,000".

"This is not protected by the First Amendment", Matsumoto said. "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 said in an earlier letter to the judge. He will be locked in a prison of maximum security until his sentencing hearing on January 16.

The judge rejected arguments by Shkreli's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, that the post was protected free speech, saying one of Shkreli's Facebook followers - who number more than 93,000 - could take it seriously.

His defense attorney tried to explain to the judge that Shkreli has a non-violent past, and what he did was very stupid, but not indicative of someone who's violent. Shkreli actually came under legal heat from his time as CEO at Retrophin. "This is not a good sign of what the judge might be thinking" in terms of sentencing, said Ira Matetsky, a partner at NY law firm Ganfer & Shore. The 34-year-old former hedge fund manager had gained global notoriety in 2015 when as then-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he raised the price of the life-saving drug Dataprim by 5,500 percent.

In white collar cases such as Shkreli's, the sentence is usually meted out in proportion to the losses faced by their victims. Despite our obvious schadenfreude at this turn of events, we at The Z Review would like to collectively and pre-emptively say that prison shankings are bad, getting stabbed with a shiv is bad, and if any dire tidings were to befall Mr. Shkreli, the editorial tone that we would adopt would be one of opposition to said tidings. But his out-of-court antics may have crushed those prospects.

The prosecutors also noted it was not the first time that Shkreli had made controversial posts on social media, New York Times reported.

"He doesn't have to apologize to me", she said. "This post-trial conduct will not help him".

Shkreli appears to have violated state and federal laws prohibiting threats against the immediate family members of former presidents, the prosecutors argued. He has never been violent and did not expect anyone to take him seriously, they said.

Shkreli said the Facebook post, which prompted a Secret Service investigation, was a joke and he meant no harm. "This comes on the heels of a lot of other [questionable] conduct", said Matetsky.

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