Shkreli Could Lose Bail For Hillary Clinton Comments

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Federal prosecutors in the case against former Turing Pharmaceuticals executive Martin Shkreli have sent a letter to the judge requesting his bail be revoked after comments Shkreli made involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Shkreli, who was convicted of securities fraud on Aug. 4, posted on his Facebook page a request for a strand of Clinton's hair during her book tour in New York City, according to the Washington Post. He offered a $5,000 reward for fulfilling the request, which drew the interest of the Secret Service tasked with protecting Clinton.

"There is a significant risk that one of his many social media followers or others who learn of his offers through the media will take his statements seriously -- as has happened previously -- and act on them," read the letter from prosecutors.

Shkreli's lawyer Benjamin Brafman responded to the letter from prosecutors, saying they would file their own letter to the court in the coming days, per CNBC.

"However inappropriate some of Mr. Shkreli's postings may have been, we do not believe that he intended harm and do not believe that he poses a danger to the community," Brafman said.

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Shkreli asked his Facebook followers to grab a strand of Clinton's hair "to confirm the sequences I have," he wrote. He also said that the Clinton Foundation "is willing to kill to protect its secrets."

Clinton is set to begin a book tour for her new autobiography entitled "What Happened," a look into the 2016 presidential election that she lost to U.S. President Donald Trump, according to The Hill. Clinton's first appearance to promote the book is scheduled for Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.

Shkreli later amended the post by claiming it was "satire," according to the Washington Post. The Secret Service requested an interview with Shkreli to discuss the post, which he declined.

"Schedule is full," he wrote on Facebook after the Secret Service request, adding that he planned to attend a stop of the book tour to "peacefully protest," according to the New York Daily News.

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As for Shkreli's immediate future, he remains free on $5 million bond. Presiding Judge Kiyo Matsumoto has requested a hearing in the next week to consider the prosecution's request to have Shkreli jailed pending sentencing, according to the Washington Post.

"We will address the Government’s request in a letter we will be filing with the court tomorrow‎," Brafman said. "We take the matter seriously and intend to address the issue responsibly."

James Goodnow, an attorney with a corporate defense firm, said Judge Matsumoto may take Shkreli's lack of contrition into consideration during sentencing.

"Most convicted criminals try to fly under the radar as they await sentencing," he said.

Sources: Washington Post, CNBC, The Hill, New York Daily News / Featured Image: Fayerollinson/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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