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  •  All the judge did (0+ / 0-)

    was take all the counts Madoff was found guilty of and give him the maximum sentence to be served consecutively.

    Why give him any further lenience than that?

    His crimes were egregious.  What reason would there be to withhold time for any of the counts, or to give less than the max for any of them?

    Especially since Madoff's own statements indicate he is not fully remorseful.

    "Balance" does not mean giving the same weight to a lie as you do to the truth.

    by delphine on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 10:43:22 AM PDT

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    •  Judges can hand down consecutive or (0+ / 0-)

      concurrent sentences.  In other words, time served for each count can be done concurrently or one count at a time.  What ever.  I am not as into throwing people into jail forever as a lot of Americans are.  Not that I don't think it is a good thing that he is away from society and therefore unable to do scam any more people.  But that's the reason I think he should be in jail in my opinion.  I don't really believe we should be sending people to jail so that we can have some sense of satisfaction in a criminal's plight.

      I also happen to believe that the "Departments of Correction" around the country should be engaging in much more actual "correction" and less "punishment" because the large majority of offenders do get out at some point and more and more are ill-equiped to do anything but get back into their old criminal activities.

      •  Yes I know that (0+ / 0-)

        This is why I pointed out that he sentenced him consecutively (rather than concurrently) - he gave him the maximum sentence under the harshest conditions (consecutively rather than concurrently) which is all well within normal sentence guidelines.

        Why cut the guy any slack?  He spent decades perpetuating a fraud on 5000 investors, using elaborate phony paperwork to cover it up while living a large life at others' expense.

        Screw him.

        Why do you care whether the sentence says 150 or 1500 or 30?  He dies in prison, and that's fine with me.

        "Balance" does not mean giving the same weight to a lie as you do to the truth.

        by delphine on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 11:10:03 AM PDT

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        •  I hardly think that the guy staying in jail (0+ / 0-)

          until he dies is "cutting him any slack".  What do you think they're gonna do?  Keep keep his corpse in jail like a hundred years after he is dead?

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