How a ‘satirical’ social media post landed Martin Shkreli in jail

‘He says things that are stupid,’ his lawyer contended. That didn’t sway the judge. Here’s what communicators can take away from the online indiscretion by the ‘pharma bro.’

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Pharmaceutical boss Martin Shkreli’s Facebook post led to the revocation of his bail after his arrest on security fraud charges.

The Guardian reported:

The government sought to get Shkreli locked up as a danger to the community amid the fallout from his social media post, which read: “The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. 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.”

The judge in the case ruled in favor of the motion.

Reuters reported:

Shkreli, 34, dubbed the “pharma bro” for exploits that include jacking up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, was silent and stony-faced as U.S. marshals led him out of a Brooklyn courtroom. He had been free on a $5 million bail since his December 2015 arrest.

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