DOJ: Revoke Shkreli Bail Over Hillary Remarks

He's a 'danger to the community,' motion filed Thursday states
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2017 12:11 PM CDT
Martin Shkreli is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network in New York on Aug. 15, 2017.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Martin Shkreli's lawyer may think his client is "brilliant beyond words," but the convicted pharmaceutical exec's latest move on social media wasn't exactly a genius one. Per LawNews, the Justice Department filed a motion Thursday to revoke Shkreli's $5 million bail after a now-deleted Facebook post he made earlier this week made weirdly threatening comments directed toward Hillary Clinton. "On HRC's book tour, try to grab a hair from her," he wrote, adding he'd compensate anyone who did so for their efforts: "Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton." The DOJ says his remarks show he's a "danger to the community," per USA Today.

The motion notes that a "significant expenditure of resources" now has to be put out by the Secret Service staff tasked with protecting Clinton (she's afforded such protection as a former first lady). Shkreli tried to defuse the situation by posting, "It was just a prank, bro!" on Facebook Thursday evening, followed by an expletive-tinged rant against the "government" and a dare to "come at me with you hardest because I haven't seen anything impressive yet." Shkreli's attorneys need to file a response to the DOJ motion by Tuesday; a Thursday hearing will follow. (It may be hard for him to concentrate on his eBay auction with all of this going on.)

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