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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli heading to jail

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli heading to jail
From CBC - September 13, 2017

A judge ruled that the provocative online antics of former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli are bad enough to put him behind bars. Shkreli is going to jail in New York while he awaits sentencing for a securities fraud conviction.

Ata Wednesday hearing, U.S. District JudgeKiyoMatsumotosided with the government demand to jail Shkreli following his recent offer to pay a $5,000 bounty for a Hillary Clinton hair with the follicle while she's on a book tour.

Shkreli's defence argued in court papers filed Tuesday that his recent offer falls under the category of "political satire or strained humour" and was merely a tasteless joke comparable to some of President Donald Trump's derisive comments, not a threat worthy of putting him behind bars.

"Indeed, in the current political climate, dissent has unfortunately often taken the form of political satire, hyperbole, parody or sarcasm," wrote the lawyer, Ben Brafman. "There is a difference, however, between comments that are intended to threaten or harass and commentsalbeit offensive onesthat are intended as political satire or strained humour."

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