US government opposed Bernard Madoff’s request to be freed from prison even if he is close to death from kidney failure


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.

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“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?”

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