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Martin Shkreli Denied Request To Be Released To Find COVID-19 Cure

Martin Shkreli Denied Request To Be Released To Find COVID-19 Cure”

A federal judge in Brooklyn has denied Martin Shkreli's request to be released early, citing his good health and low-risk at the Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution, where he's now confined.

"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", Matsumoto wrote.

The judge also ruled that Shkreli had failed to demonstrate adequate grounds for release based on compassionate reasons. "In any event, Mr. Shkreli's self-described altruistic intentions do not provide a legal basis to grant his motion".

Previously, "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli was hit with a lengthy seven-year prison sentence for securities fraud. Shkreli has served less than half of his sentence.

A U.S. judge has rejected the request of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to be let out of prison to research a coronavirus treatment, noting that probation officials viewed that claim as the type of "delusional self-aggrandising behaviour" that led to his conviction.

"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 now no cases of COVID-19", Matsumoto concluded.

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Shkreli's concerns of contracting COVID-19 at FCI Allenwood Low in PA wasn't valid since there were zero cases found in the correctional facilities.

Additionally, reports claim that Shkreli doesn't actually have asthma and the only condition he has is basic seasonal allergies for which he takes anti-histamines.

In his petition, Shkreli asked to be released to his fiancee's apartment in New York City, where more than 189,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 15,000 confirmed deaths have been reported. "Disappointed but not unexpected", Benjamin Brafman, told the AP. Now, Shkreli is asking that he be released from prison to assist with the fight against coronavirus.

Martin Shkreli arrives at federal court in NY on August 4, 2017, where he faced charges of fraud.

The convicted former drug company CEO wanted out of prison so he can use his expertise to help research a treatment for the coronavirus.



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