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The Latest: Prosecutors want Martin Shkreli to forfeit $7.3M

The Latest on Martin Shkreli’s court appearance Friday (all times local): 1 p.m. The federal government says “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli (SHKREL’-ee) is on the hook for more than $ 7 million for his securities fraud conviction. Shkreli appeared in a New York court on Friday for the first time since a judge locked him up for his online antics. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto didn’t immediately rule on the government’s demand. Prosecutors say he should forfeit $ 7.3 million in assets that include a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan “Once Upon…

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Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Thursday. Investigators have completed toxicological examinations on patients who died during Niels Hoegel’s time as a nurse in hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst, prosecutors and police in Oldenburg said. They found a further 16 cases in which he is suspected. In late August, they said they had determined that he might have killed at least another 84 patients beyond the…

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Prosecutors: US conspiracy came amid slow sales of opioid

A new mouth spray that delivered the powerful painkiller fentanyl to end-stage cancer patients wasn’t selling as well as anticipated. So drug company executives moved quickly to make its production worthwhile. U.S. court records in the case against an immigrant billionaire who is one of Arizona’s wealthiest men describe the daunting market challenges that Insys Therapeutics founder John N. Kapoor and fellow executives faced after launching the opioid medication Subsys in 2012. The highly addictive drug was going to cost a cancer patient up to thousands of dollars a month…

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Harvey Weinstein: Prosecutors defend lack of action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prosecutors have defended their decision not to take action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein after a woman complained about his behaviour in 2015. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says undercover audio of the complainant and Weinstein was “insufficient to prove a crime”. But they said the Oscar winner had a “pattern of mistreating women”. Weinstein says many of the accusations against him are false. In a statement, Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo said: “If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the…

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German prosecutors: Suspect used poison threats as blackmail

German authorities said Saturday they are confident that a 53-year-old man arrested a day earlier is behind a blackmail attempt that saw jars of poisoned baby food placed on store shelves in southern Germany. Prosecutors said investigators found the same poison — ethylene glycol, a compound used in antifreeze — when they arrested the man Friday near the southwestern city of Tuebingen. Chief prosecutor Alexander Boger told a news conference in Konstanz, on Germany’s southern border, that the man hadn’t confessed but the evidence against him was substantial. DNA found…

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Prosecutors want Shkreli's bail revoked over Clinton posting

Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed a court motion asking a judge to revoke Martin Shkreli’s bail and throw him in jail because of recent threats the so-called “Pharma Bro” allegedly made against Hillary Clinton. “Since his conviction on August 4, 2017, Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment that warrant his detention pending sentencing,” prosecutors wrote in their motion. “Most recently, Shkreli threatened former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by publicly offering $ 5,000 to anyone who would ‘grab’ some of her hair on the defendant’s…

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