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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
that trust...

He should be sentenced to the rest of his life...in community service...and live his after
hours of service in a jail...

Pete :)

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

Pete :)

Posted by: peter radonicich | Jun 1, 2009 2:44:21 AM

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