Thursday, March 12, 2009
There were no surprises in Bernie Madoff entering a guilty plea today as the indications of this had been broadcast for several days. (see here and here) To read a transcript of the proceedings see here. He admits his guilt and explains how he concealed his fraud. He also states that "other business [his] firm engaged in, proprietary trading and market making, were legitimate, profitable, and successful in all respects. Those businesses were managed by [his] brother and two sons." Perhaps some were surprised that he was taken immediately into custody. In many white collar cases the accused remains free on bail while the case is pending. Individuals have remained free in some cases after conviction while the case is pending on appeal (see here). The applause in the courtroom upon sending Madoff to jail says it all - the victims wanted retribution and they wanted it now.
See Chad Bray & Amir Efrati, WSJ, Madoff Pleads Guilty to Massive Fraud; Diana B. Henriques & Jack Healy, Madoff Goes to Jail After Guilty Pleas to All Charges
(esp) (w/ thanks to Whitney Curtis)