Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend at Bernie's Sentencing

I don't want to distract from the post below, but this is too rich for me to ignore. Here is a PDF of victim impact e-mails compiled by the US Attorney's office at the SDNY to present to the judge during Bernie Madoff's sentencing. (H/T: TPM). Some of the "highlights" from these e-mails appear in the comments.


Blogger Armen said...

From page 36: "My Name is Mr. [redacted] but my origin is from Republic of Congo. I have an inherited fund I want to invest in a business in your country with a help of a local. I don't know about what business but I found it wise to invest the funds in your country with your collaboration with me."

From page 48: "I'm out big buckos!"

From page 76: "He should be strapped into a Six Flags Stun Man Drop, in a tuxedo, for 5 hours per day, on television. Between 'rides' he should pick up garbage in the park, also on Television. He should only be allowed to eat greasy foods that are likely to make him puke often. His alternative is to find and return all the money he can."

From page 79: "I hereby petition to be allowed to come to the Madoff hearing for one sole but substantial reason: I am a historian of financial fraud and financial bubbles -- my doctroate is in US history from Columbia in [redacted] -- and would suggest that it might be meet and proper for you to have one individual who can put the entire Madoff matter into historical perspective. Before you say Nay, I beg you to consider . . . So now you have it sir: would you grant one historian, a specialist on bubbles, to view the scene? I pledge that whatever I glean thereby will, in all, be used with tact and perspective. Having naught more to say, I end now, sending you myriads of best wishes."

From page 90: "Subject: Madoff better not change his name to Gotoff"

From page 95: "Subject: Zzz . . . This e-Mail is sent with recyclable electrons." (bonus points if you can decipher the ASCII art).

Of course, there are also too many tragic tails of funds, lives, and futures lost. But I just have to wonder who prepared this compilation.

3/23/2009 5:25 PM  
Blogger Armen said...


3/23/2009 5:26 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

I'm sure that some 2L law clerk did a pretty crappy job on their fall semester assignment at the SDNY office!

3/23/2009 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From page 90: "Subject: Madoff better not change his name to Gotoff"

i thought Bernie's last name was "Lomax"

3/30/2009 7:35 PM  

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