Martin Shkreli is Free

It seems like Martin Shkreli got out of prison early and the internet is here for it.

A Twitter user posted a selfie with Martin in the back of his vehicle, joking about picking some hitchhiker up.

Looks real to me! Martin himself posted on his Facebook today that “Getting out of real prison is easier than getting out of Twitter prison”. Hopefully, Elon sees it and unbans him, he was great on Twitter.

Martin was a hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical company CEO. He purchased the expiring patent for Daraprim (among other drugs) and jacked the prices up, causing public outrage. In 2017 he was tried and convicted on securites fraud and other charges and sentenced to 7 years in jail. He also paid over 7 million in fines total.

Other controversies involving Shkreli include when he paid over 2 million for a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan abum and kept it all to himself. Dick. Martin loved playing the villian, and damn was he good at it.

Even throughout his trial Martin had a great twitter presence and would comment on court proceedings, roast politicians, and all of this controversy earned him the moniker, The Pharma Bro.

This drama brought a good amount of attention to the pharmaceutical industry, exposing a lot of flaws that needed fixing. While Martin Shkreli became the poster boy for the pharma fraud that so many other companies commit with their drugs.

This piece was not written to argue that Martin is a good guy, everyone pretty much agrees he is an asshole, but it seems he paid his dues and gets to return to “normal” life. Hopefully he can continue to be entertaining on the internet.

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Written by Ben Mulry

Masshole. Division 1 (intramural) College Athlete. Correct Take Haver.

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