May 31, 2009
"Madoff's $lick Try"
The title of this post is the headlines of this New York Post report on Bernie Madoff's hiring of a well-known sentencing consultant. Here are the details:
Mega-fraudster Bernard Madoff has hired a leading prison consultant to help him try to weasel out of a maximum 150-year term for his $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
"Mitigation specialist" Herbert Hoelter -- who's helped celebrity jailbirds such as Martha Stewart and Michael Vick -- got court permission to visit Madoff in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Bernie is awaiting sentencing on June 29.
Hoelter's Baltimore-based firm, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives -- which has worked with Stewart and Vick -- specializes in "sentencing advocacy," including "arguments for downward departure from the sentencing guidelines."
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No 123D. For that amount of money, Medieval style torture for a week to reveal the location of the assets, then just 1D.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 31, 2009 10:16:14 AM
The educated and rich may be committing as many crimes as the poor and working class. Theirs may just employ a pen and a calculator. In order to not leave the poor carrying the burden of a lot of death penalties, a limit should be placed on the economic harm a person may cause in a lifetime. The natural landmark is the value of a human life. I say, that is the person's average lifetime earnings, around $2 million. The economists prefer a market approach, resulting in a value of $6 million. Use the $6 million. After that much damage has been done, the death penalty should be automatic and immediate upon conviction. To deter.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 31, 2009 8:47:03 PM
...Bernie's crime was specially wicked...he earned the trust of thousands...and then betrayed
He should be sentenced to the rest of his life...in community service...and live his after
hours of service in a jail...
Posted by: peter radonicich | Jun 1, 2009 2:39:56 AM
i am a litigator for people who can not afford lawyers
...similiar to Erin Brockenvitch...with the added part
that we do not charge any $...but you have to pay 10% of what you recover to the charity of your choice...
after we win your case for you
Posted by: peter radonicich | Jun 1, 2009 2:44:21 AM