Judge denies Shkreli’s “delusional self-aggrandizing” plea to get out of jail
news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 18 May - 20:57 · 1 minute
A federal judge on Saturday denied Martin Shkreli’s request for a “compassionate release” from prison, which was pitched as a way to protect him from contracting the new coronavirus—and to help him work on a cure for COVID-19 so he could save the rest of the world.
Lawyers for the infamous ex-pharmaceutical executive filed an emergency motion (PDF) April 22 in the bid to free him from the slammer. They argued that Shkreli is at high risk of contracting the virus in the close quarters of federal prison and could possibly become severely ill or die. They also argued that he is in a unique position to work on a cure for the devastating viral illness now sweeping the globe. Shkreli himself publicly made that claim in early April via a scientific document outlining his preliminary efforts to develop an antiviral drug.
In the emergency motion, his lawyers argued that "Current conditions of confinement threaten his health and life and prevent him from doing work that would contribute to the betterment of society worldwide."