Jewish Journal

Can You Say “Chutzpah?”

by Rob Eshman

June 24, 2009 | 3:53 pm

Story just broke that Madoff asked his judge at sentencing for 12 years for committing the LARGEST FRAUD IN HISTORY.

Madoff’s attorney calls it an “effective life sentence” since Madoff is now 71 years old:

Bernard Madoff asked a federal judge this week to sentence him to as little as 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to operating a massive, decades- long Ponzi scheme.

In a letter filed late Monday and made public Tuesday, Ira Sorkin, a lawyer for Madoff, asked U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to sentence his client to less than a life sentence.

“Mr. Madoff is currently 71 years old and has an approximate life expectancy of 13 years,” Sorkin said. “A prison term of 12 years — just short of an effective life sentence — will sufficiently address the goals of deterrence, protecting the public and promoting respect for the law without being greater than necessary to achieve them.”

Sentencing is set for Monday.

I know plenty of healthy, hearty 83 year-old Jewish men.  Madoff’s victims made clear during the sentencing phase that they want him to die in jail—a pnishment that many still consider too kind.

Meanwhile, here’s my big unanswered question:  what’s with his sons? 

Read the rest of the Denver Post story here.


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