September 14, 2017
You have doubtless heard of the “Pharm Bro” Martin Shkreli. He first earned widespread public attention (and disgust) when the company of which he was CEO, Turing Pharmaceuticals, obtained the manufacturing license for the antiparasitic drug Daraprim, and then raised its price from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill. He then didn’t do himself any favors when, called before Congress, he essentially smirked his way through his testimony, after which he tweeted, “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government”
In August, Shkreli was convicted in federal district court on two counts of securities fraud and one count of attempted securities fraud, after a trial during which he was the subject of a gag order from the presiding judge. He was released pending sentencing, but Shkreli is now behind bars.
You see, last week Shkreli made a post to his Facebook page in which wrote, “On HRC’s book tour [referring to Hillary Clinton], try to grab a hair from her. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.” While Shkreli subsequently edited the post to say “this is satire, meant for humor,” the next day he put up another post that echoed the first: “$5,000 but the hair has to include a follicle. Do not assault anyone for any reason ever (LOLIBERALS).”
The Secret Service was not amused. Nor was prosecutor. Nor was the presiding judge who, yesterday, revoked his bail.
I think that’s silly.
Look, there is nothing to like about Shkreli. But his conditions of release required that he be of good behavior. The government argued, and the judge agreed, that his post might incite violence among his readers. Please. I would hazard a guess that Shkreli suffers from any number of mental illnesses (Asperger’s? Narcissism?), and I suspect that the judge was (understandably) fed up with his infantile behavior (which may have reminded the judge of a certain politician currently taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue), but his post did not do anything other than reveal the depths of Shkreli’s self-aggrandizement.