June 29, 2009
But with good behavior, he'll be out in 130...
Does anybody really think that Bernie Madoff deserves 150 years?
NEW YORK – Convicted Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison Monday for a fraud that the judge called so "extraordinarily evil" that he needed to send a message to potential copycats and to victims who demanded harsh punishment.
Again, my preference would be to have fewer but more just laws and enforce them fully. But I suspect that if some kid kills me in a botched carjacking, he'll tell the judge that Mommy didn't love him and he'll be out in a few years. I'm glad this judge comprehends the importance of property rights, but I suggest that this sentence is part-and-parcel of a current bias against "money folk."
Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at June 29, 2009 4:52 PM