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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Madoff Asks Court for Leniency in Sentencing

Bernard Madoff, in a letter from his lawyer to the court, asks for leniency in sentencing, as little as twelve years.  His lawyer stated that his estimated life expectancy is 13 years, and so twelve years would be close to a life sentence  (give him a year to enjoy his freedom?).  Perhaps expecting that is not likely, he argues in the alternative for a sentence of 15-20 years, arguing such a sentence would be consistent with other sentences for non-violent crimes.  WSJ, Madoff Seeks Leniency in Sentence.

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While i agree that mr. Bernard Madoff's request can be viewed by the courts differently, I for one believe that securities fraud while non violence is a very serious crime and offenders should be punished.

Posted by: salvin nand | Jun 23, 2009 8:57:38 PM

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