“It Was Just A Prank Bro”: Shkreli Faces Bail Revocation Over Hair Pulling Hillary Clinton Post

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziHairposterIt takes a great deal for me to feel sympathy of Martin Shkreli, but the recent filing by the Justice Department has me wondering if he is not being treated unfairly due to this infamous reputation.  The DOJ has asked for Shkreli’s bail to be revoked because he offered to pay anyone $5000 for a hair of Hillary Clinton.  It was a stupid posting that Shkreli later said was “satire” but the DOJ insists that it makes him a danger to society.  I do not agree.  What it does (as with so much of the statements and conduct of Shkreli) is undermine his case before the Court. Indeed, in addressing any fine, the court could take that view that (if Shkreli views a hair worth $5000 of his money) the sky is the limit for a truly impactful fine.

While Shkreli gained infamy as a pharmaceutical executive due to his obscene price increase for the drug Daraprim, was actually convicted in August of three of eight fraud counts related to hedge funds he ran.  He is free on a $5 million bail.

On Monday, Shkreli posted the following:  “On HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her,” Mr. Shkreli wrote, referring to Mrs. Clinton, who has a book scheduled to come out next week. “Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.” A few hours later, he said it was “satire” and, after speaking with his counsel, he proceeded to delete the posting.

Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto will hold a Sept. 14 hearing on the government’s motion. The DOJ argued that the posting shows that Shkreli, 34, is “a risk of danger to the community” and that there is a real chance that his followers will “take his statements seriously — as has happened previously — and act on them.”

The DOJ says that the posting encourages a criminal act and the Secret Service (which protects Clinton) has tried to interview him.

 I do not see how a satiric posting qualifies as a bail violation, particularly after his later posting saying it was satire and then deleting the post.

Facing as much as 20 years in prison, Shkreli is toying with a court that holds his future in its hands.  Yet, he seems incapable of controlling himself.  Even after the motion, Shkreli decided it would be fun to taunt the prosecutors:

“Lol Hillary Clinton’s presumptive agents are hard at work. It was just a prank, bro!” . . . “Come at me with your hardest because I haven’t seen anything impressive yet.”

Yes, and this is a bail revocation hearing, Bro.

58 thoughts on ““It Was Just A Prank Bro”: Shkreli Faces Bail Revocation Over Hair Pulling Hillary Clinton Post”

  1. I wonder how much he’d offer for that pi$$ bag that she totes around, strapped to her leg? That ought to fetch at least $10,000.

  2. As long as Americans worship at the shrine of, ‘What the market will bear’, mutts like this will rule. The appropriate fine is to get Clinton to present this a**hole with an unending supply of hair(s) and donate the proceeds to offset his parasitical, predatory, disgusting prices. Now, lawyers, get out the KY jelly and get to work.

      1. “She doesn’t hold a candle to Trump.”

        Really now!! I guess you aren’t taking in account the lies while an employee of the government?? Hmmmm???? And you’ve been so rational as of late…

        1. slohrss29

          Trump has lied over a thousand times since taking office. The difference between Clinton and Trump is that Clinton, like all politicians, lies when caught or even nervous; while Trump lies for those reasons as well, he lies without even thinking about it, even when telling the truth would serve him better, pathologically to be more or less precise. With Clinton, when she lies she disgraces herself and we all can see what she is doing. The truth is laid out with her lies. With Trump, it’s all something between some sort of perverse strategy and mental imbalance-very extreme narcissism. Clinton is aware of her surroundings. It appears that Trump is barely aware of his. He has shown some intelligence of late, seeking out Democrats and moderate Republicans, however???

  3. Not a fan of Shkreli – especially since my own father has had to purchase one of those epi pens at yuuge costs. Dude has been rightfully called out. But I get his hatred towards HRC, He’s looking at time and she isn’t – That biatach should have shut her effing mouth and stayed in the woods.

  4. People are under the impressions that he is the only executive who raised prices on pharmaceuticals. Many others have done so, and continue it. Why? Because they can.

  5. How can this be taken seriously? Are we supposed to believe he is going to do a DNA analysis for every hair he receives? This makes the DOJ look as foolish as Shkreli is detestable.

  6. I’m not sure Twitter is anything but opinion. Just like editorials aren’t news. Tweets are actual thoughts written down, but are they really material to criminal charges? Has any action really taken place that violates a particular criminal statue?
    I think we are making Tweets a little too powerful.

  7. I’m Hillary the 8th I am!
    Hillary the 8th I am , I am!
    I got married to the widow next door.
    She’s been married seven times before…
    And, everyone was a Hillary!
    It wouldnt be a Willy or a Fred.
    For there ain’t no name like Hillary.
    Hillary The 8th I am!

  8. While I don’t believe his statements constitute a criminal offense, this man will be his own undoing. His attitude, if he is imprisoned, will cause him untold anguish.

    1. He’s claiming that he has her DNA profile and hopes to “confirm” it.


      “Shkreli, who began mysteriously uploading statuses in which he talked about sequencing the former Secretary of State’s DNA, told minions in a since-deleted post that he’d pay $5,000 per strand of HRC’s hair–so long as it included the genetically-rich follicle.

      ““The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets,” the former pharma CEO wrote on his Facebook page Monday. “So on HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.””

      1. Thanks Anonymous. But it just raises more questions. Does Shkreli already have Hillary’s DNA profile? If so, then how did he get it and why would he do so? Is Shkreli trafficking in George’s Veropharm conspiracy theory? If not, then Shkreli’s claim to have Hillary’s DNA sequence would be part of his prank; wouldn’t it?

        I still don’t see what Shkreli stands to gain from either angle.

  9. He is asking for one of her hairs, not that one be plucked from her head. Even that is not dangerous, it is done for drug tests all the time. And people defoliate regularly. i DO NOT see a crime or a danger to Hillary or humanity at large.

      1. Diane – maybe he collects the hair of famous people. Hitler’s underwear is on auction this week.

            1. Ah-ha! Hitler always took clean underwear with him wherever he went–eh? There’s a Latin phrase for that. How’s it go? Semperer ubi cebubi? Doesn’t read right.

                1. Paul, I never took Latin. The phrase is something my sons used to laugh about–much like the term “going full commando.” Apparently it means “Always wear clean underwear.” BTW, my sons are still terrified of the gallows humor of emergency room nurses.

                  1. Diane – there were 5 nurses suspended the other day for checking out the ‘equipment’ on a dead male patient. The were opening the body bag to check. Think they were suspended for 3 weeks. Hope he was worth it. 😉

                    1. Paul, I had no idea that being hung rather than hanged is what gallows humor was really about. Thank you for explaining my sons to me, Paul.

  10. What? They are revoking bond for that while people are blatantly calling for the assassination of our sitting President? I don’t know who this person is but this is absolutely absurd to me.

    1. They had the manpower to make this motion, they’re overstaffed. (I’ve also long suspected that ‘prosecutor’ is a synonym for ‘a**hole’.

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