Madoff Asks for Leniency in Sentencing
Bernie Madoff's attorney today asked for leniency for his client at his June 29 sentencing, saying the 71-year-old confessed Ponzi schemer should not spend the rest of his life in prison.
In a letter filed in Manhattan federal court, Madoff attorney Ira Sorkin said that his client should get only 12 years in the pen because he has been cooperating with federal investigators who are attempting to recoup much of the $65 billion Madoff said he swindled from investors. Madoff faces up to 150 years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud in March.
In the letter to U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, Sorkin said Madoff has a life expectancy of 13 years. He also said that Madoff will speak at his sentencing.
"At sentencing, Mr. Madoff will speak to the shame he has felt and to the pain he has caused." Sorkin wrote, adding that he and Madoff have received "shocking" death threats and anti-Semitic e-mails.
Prosecutors have so far found 1,341 of Madoff's investors who lost more than $13 billion. The bulk of the money Madoff said he swindled remains unfound, the big mystery of this case.
"We believe that the unified tone of the victim statements suggests a desire for a type of mob vengeance that, if countenanced here, would negate and render meaningless the role of the court," Sorkin said.
June 23, 2009; 10:47 AM ET
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