Well, well, well. Here’s someone we haven’t heard from in a while – infamous “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, who jacked up the price of the AIDS drug Daraprim nearly 5,000 percent in 2015, and is currently serving a seven-year sentence for scamming investors in hedge funds he ran.
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According to the NY Post, this dickhead is now requesting to be released from prison because he believes that he can do what thousands of scientists and experts around the world cannot – develop the cure for coronavirus. All we have to do is let him out of prison for 3 months and coronavirus will be no more.
Here’s what he wants:
“I am asking for a brief furlough (3 months) to assist in research work on COVID-19,” he wrote. “Being released to the post-COVID world is no solace to even the incarcerated.”
Shkreli — who’s the lead author of the paper and is identified in a footnote as a “citizen scientist” — also noted that he hadn’t “been paid for any work on this matter or any other matter while incarcerated.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not been paid for any work on this matter or any other matter while incarcerated,” he wrote. “I do not expect to profit in any way, shape or form from coronavirus-related treatments.”
One of the paper’s co-authors — Kevin Mulleady, who Brooklyn federal prosecutors called an un-indicted co-conspirator in Shkreli’s fraud case — is linked to Prospero in a footnote. Two other co-authors, Maureen Lohry and James Rondina, wrote letters seeking leniency for Shkreli following his 2017 conviction.
Shkreli has yet to formally request a furlough, but his defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would submit papers “shortly” to both the Bureau of Prisons and Brooklyn federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, who oversaw his case.
Hmmm. Well it’s nice of him to say he’s doing it all out of the goodness of his heart and NOT for profit and not because he wants a break from prison life. But somehow I don’t think this is going to work out in his favour. Like thanks for offering to help and all, but I think the countless geniuses out there already working on the cure/vaccine have got it covered.
Besides, he’s only got one year let on his sentence, then he get back to listening to that Wu-Tang Clan album he bought…
Also, it wasn’t that long ago that Martin Shkreli told us prison wasn’t that bad. Hang in there champ.