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Even Martin Shkreli’s Own Lawyer Wants to ‘Punch Him in the Face’


“Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli went to court Friday for sentencing, following his conviction for defrauding investors in hedge funds that he ran. Usually, during these hearings, a defense attorney will speak up for their client and defend them in order to get a lighter punishment. Shkreli’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, however, was apparently only able to go so far.

“There are times I want to punch him in the face, because he’s made my job more difficult by some of the things he’s said,” Brafman said, according to reporter Stephanie Clifford (not to be confused with the other Stephanie Clifford).

Among the things that Shkreli has said since his conviction was a Facebook post where he offered money to anyone who grabbed hair off of Hillary Clinton‘s head during her book tour. “Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton,” he said.

Shkreli later posted that it was “just a prank, bro!” Still, it was enough for a judge to revoke Shkreli’s bail. Shkreli is also notorious for a price-gouging scandal after he raised the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent, from $13.50 per pill to a staggering $750.00 per pill.

Prosecutors want Shkreli to serve 15 years for the fraud conviction, but Brafman is seeking a lighter sentence of 12-18 months.

[Image via Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

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