Re: Justice is not always as blind as it should be
"If the judge had been influenced, why not give him the maximum sentence?"
In order to not appear influenced.
There's a genuine argument to be made that Shkreli's odious public persona may have helped him avoid the most serious sentence, since the judge will have compensated for his inevitable personal dislike of the little shit, and may have gone too far in the other direction. There's been a few studies that suggest this happens a fair bit, along with other studies that show the inverse - likable or personally charming people being given longer than average sentences for crimes.