algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff Thurs., Mar. 05, 2020
The US government opposed Bernard Madoff’s request to be freed from prison even if he is close to death from kidney failure, saying he has never accepted responsibility for his massive Ponzi scheme or shown compassion for victims.
In a Wednesday night court filing, prosecutors said denying the 81-year-old Madoff’s request would uphold victims’ and public faith in the justice system.
They said Madoff should continue serving his 150-year sentence, to ensure that “one of history’s worst fraudsters” faces the consequences of his crimes.
“Madoff’s crimes were extraordinarily evil,” prosecutors said. “His sentence was appropriately long. It should not be reduced.”
Prosecutors also said roughly 500 of the 520 victims who wrote to the Manhattan federal court about Madoff’s request opposed it, including an 84-year-old who said: “Why should he be shown any compassion, when he had none for his many victims?”
The filing came one month after Madoff sought “compassionate release,” saying he had fewer than 18 months to live and hoped to move in with a friend.
“Madoff, despite what the government might claim, is remorseful for his conduct,” and “remains hopeful” his request will be granted, his lawyer Brandon Sample said in an email
According to world.smiilee.com:
“Bernie Madoff was sentenced in 2009 to 150 years in prison, after pleading guilty to 11 criminal counts, including fraud and money laundering.”
“Two years after his arrest, in December 2011, his eldest his Mark Madoff was found hanged in his apartment.”
“A year later, in December 2012, Peter Madoff, his brother, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for accounting fraud. It is supposed to come out of his federal prison in Miami in August 2020.”