[U] And, While We Wait For Mr. Greebel’s Defense Team To Wrap It Up…

Billy has alerted us to a new Shkreli jailhouse missive. Kudos, to his keen eyes, here…. click it to enlarge — and laugh — as we see that “denial isn’t just a river in Egypt….”

Apparently Ms. Smythe became aware of it yesterday — on a Sunday. Since all correspondence from inmates at the Brooklyn MDC is read prior to being sealed in an envelope, and posted, we may safely assume that this one — imaged at right — is already in the hands of the Brooklyn AUSAs.

There is no way for us to know exactly when it was written, but it is clearly post-incarceration. And I am pretty sure the AUSAs have already accurately dated it — via Brooklyn MDC mail-log records.

An “exclamation point“-handled commenter asked about Marty’s expectations of privacy, as apparently some Twitter users have castigated the addressee of Marty’s letter, for making it public (assumedly without Marty’s express written consent).

However, Marty well-knows none of his correspondence is private. His lawyers likely advise him of this each time they meet with him — only in person, because good defense lawyers with high profile clients don’t trust that even “Attorney/Client” mail might not also be opened and scanned, or read. Likewise, his phone calls (all monitored).

So, any complaints about the letter being seen in public, on Twitter, strike me as… silly. Marty has essentially no rights of privacy, as a three time convicted (but not yet formally sentenced) felon, writing from inside a prison, when he comments about his case. These are party admissions, and the letter will be used by the AUSAs — at sentencing. It establishes that, even as late as five weeks in front of his sentencing date, and after more than two months in a harsh lock-up, Marty still cannot accept responsibility for his crimes.

It is always someone else’s fault, in Marty’s mind. And Ms. Smythe as much as said so. She is right. He is effectively increasing his likely sentence — with each letter.

It almost seems like Marty wants to get sentenced to ten years or more, on the inside.

[Ironically, it was exactly nine years ago this very morning, in Manhattan, that Bernie Madoff was taken into custody — on a perhaps $18 billion, multi-decade Ponzi scheme.]

Onward; and I’m off for a walk, toward the trains — to enjoy those gracefully floating, soft and large wheeling flakes, now falling here…. Updated — as seen with a smile @ 8:28 local — just 13 minutes ago… facing south and east. Potentially very big news from NASA Thursday!


19 thoughts on “[U] And, While We Wait For Mr. Greebel’s Defense Team To Wrap It Up…

    • condor says:

      I think it would be better… if he would get outside his own skin, for a moment, and reflect on the fact that 12 of his fellow New Yorkers found him guilty of three felonies, involving fraud and deceit.

      And better if he accepts responsibility for all the harm he caused.

      The logic is… he ought to own up to his wrongful conduct.

      But you are right insofar as his endless need to be “provocative” (in his eyes, truth-telling) — is illogical, from his own perspective… as it makes his personal journey through the prison industrial complex harder and… more lengthy.



      • aldt440 says:

        I’m not an expert here, but it appears to me that he is in a state of psychosis / chronic post traumatic stress disorder: he has serious mental health issues! I seriously doubt that “owning up to wrongful conduct” is going to help if he is delusional and can’t process his surroundings.

        This isn’t exactly applicable for Shkreli, but the first step in treading PTSD is removing the patient from the environment that is causing the symptoms. Are we punishing him and crossing our fingers that he recovers from the trauma or are we trying to fix him and attempting to get him back into a productive lifestyle? The prison system is absolutely full of contradictions like this and it doesn’t work.

        Recidivism rates average somewhere around 70% within two years of release. Could you imagine if the FDA approved a treatment that made patients worse 70% of the time?

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      • condor says:

        I do understand. Truly. From personal family experience. And… the victims of his crimes are owed… justice.

        It is a prison industrial complex, to be sure.

        But there is zero rationale for handling Marty and differently than any other anonymous non-violent felon.

        Sucks for him — is all I can think to say.



      • aldt440 says:

        It’s not just him though.. This type of justice profoundly alters the personalities of everyone involved. Have the victims of his crimes been interviewed? I’m curious if anything shows up in PACER or if his sentencing report will have any commentary. The way I see it, the Stanford Prison Experiment proves that the type of justice you are referring to doesn’t work and actually makes society worse off. Is it healthy for society to accept that, at a minimum, prison administration is generally collateral damage too? The financial and social costs are tremendous!

        “But there is zero rationale for handling Marty and differently than any other anonymous non-violent felon.”

        I’m not saying Shkreli is different than anyone else. I’m saying that the whole thing is a mess. You clearly understand that the system is broken. Why not take a stand and push for logical reforms?

        If anyone is wondering why I’m going down this road, this psychological experiment might shed some light. The Stanford Prison Experiment took a bunch of healthy college students and subjected them to a stereotypical prison environment. Guards and prisoners were chosen randomly from volunteering college students. Keep in mind that these were kids that excelled academically, with no known behavioral disorders, and were an ideal control group. The results are shocking and it is one of the best known psychological experiments ever conducted. Within a few days, guards (college students) were subjecting prisoners (college students) to psychological torture and prisoners were revolting in ways that aren’t much different than what Shkreli is doing. If this experiment is accurate and contemporary prison environments screw up normal people, imagine what it is doing to people and guards that already have issues! I don’t understand why Shkreli or anybody should be subjected to an enhanced sentence when a control group displays the same behavior.

        Do yourself a favor and look into the experiment. There is actual Stanford film footage, several YouTube videos, a movie was made, there is endless commentary in journals, etc. Fascinating stuff!


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  1. R West says:

    This could be famous like “The Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr. Shkreli doesn’t write that clearly though .. not sure what he means by “justice prevails,” but I assume from the context he is referring to the five acquittals. He’s still convicted of three felonies however … it’s like he was shot three times through the heart by an eight-shot pistol … it’s hard to twist that around and make it a victory. Also, hard to believe he will be out soon. Whatever, he needs something simple and clear in his letter, that people will be quoting for years, like …. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

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  2. FTD says:

    He’s going for 15 Year’s and being relocated to a far worse jail. 🙂

    Once you are in the system, you have to abide. No one has any interest of this fool continuing to push for a response.

    They can revoke your correspondence privileges in a heartbeat.

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  3. bmartinmd says:

    Per Shkreli, Greebel = “my” attorney. Not Retrophin’s attorney. That’s the essence of the indictments, right? That Greebel was acting in Shkreli’s best interests, not Retrophin’s.

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