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Martin Shkreli Asked Out of Prison to Work on COVID Cure. The Judge Denied the “Delusional” Request

Martin Shkreli frequently found himself in the news since he first became a public figure in 2015. In September of that year he became known as Pharma Bro after purchasing the rights to a life saving drug, then jacking up the price.

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The Alt-Right investor was later accused of securities fraud and is in prison after being sentenced to 7 years of prison in 2018. With his background in pharmaceuticals, Shkreli asked to be released from prison so he could work on a COVID-19 cure. This request was quickly shot down by Judge Kiyo Matsumoto was called it “delusional.”

In a letter to the court, Shkreli wrote, “Being released to the post-COVID world is no solace to even the incarcerated.” He also claimed he was, “one of the few executives experienced in ALL aspects of drug development.”

Judge Matsumoto had none of it. She explained, “Defendant is a healthy, 37-year-old man with no recent history of preexisting medical conditions that place him at higher risk for COVID-19 and its potentially life-threatening adverse effects, and he is confined in a facility where there are currently no cases of COVID-19.”

The Judge continued, “With regard to the nature and circumstances of his offenses, defendant intentionally deceived and manipulated individual and public investors, and before sentencing, made disparaging remarks about the government and the sentencing process that showed little regard for the rule of law.”

The Brooklyn Judge then slammed Pharma bro, writing:

“The court does not find that releasing Mr. Shkreli will protect the public, even though Mr. Shkreli seeks to leverage his experience with pharmaceuticals to help develop a cure for COVID-19 that he would purportedly provide at no cost.”



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