There’s no doubt that Madoff has ruined countless lives with his litany of lies over decades. There have even been suicides attributed to the damage he caused.
But would you call it “extraordinary evil”? – words more often used to describe rapists, pedophiles and murderers, who often face lesser sentences. It’s a point raised by this blogger who says “Madoff is the biggest con artists to ever hit Wall Street, leaving financial victims everywhere. But worse than a child molester?”Some are pointing out that 150 years behind bars is clearly symbolic, which was also picked up by Nigel who responded to our blog post yesterday: “What a ridiculous sentence 150 years! Madoff doesn’t have 15 years left to live so obviously the sentence is designed to appease the howling mobs much like sacrificing a gladiator in days long gone”.
On the other hand, others say the lengthy sentence sends an important message.
But 150 years wasn’t enough for “Truckirwin” who responded to our blog post with “Put him out on the street with no clothes, without a cent. Let him freeze in the night while begging for scraps and rummaging through the garbage”.
Do you think the judge got it right? Will the sentence serve as a deterrant to other would-be fraudsters? Or is the sentence an appeasement for those calling for revenge? And, if so, is revenge a necessary part of doing justice?