Maybe to some, the sentence was considered 'harsh', yet we have to remember that in the US, Bernie Madoff was sentenced similarly, with 150 years behind bars at an advance age & later battled cancer.
While much of the stolen money was recovered, and he insists that if it weren't for his cooperation, there wouldn't be as much recovery, that doesn't matter. When the US government wants to make an example out of someone, they do a great job (Martha Stewart can verify this). Bernie's last ditch hope is a pardon by outgoing President Obama, who likely won't grant it, this was a total disgrace, topped off by one of his sons (Mark) who couldn't handle the pressure anymore & committed suicide, leaving behind two small children w/out a father. Trying in vain to regain his life, and was never among those convicted in the scheme, nor was his brother, in fact it was the two of them who turned their own father to the FBI. No other family member was accused of a crime, if there had been, would had been his wife, Ruth Madoff, who was there throughout the entire span, and married to him before I was born in 1959. She done a dam* good job of playing ignorant, is all I can say.
The one whom took his life had immense pressure coming from both sides, being a 'whistleblower' or snitch (& against his own dad at that), and under suspicion of being in on the deal, topped by the fact that his young children may be held liable in years to come, when in fact, the scheme began before either of the brothers were born. In his own respect, had became a prisoner in his own body & mind, just couldn't take it anymore. Later on, Madoff's wife Ruth stopped visiting him under pressure of the surviving son Andrew, who later died of returning blood cancer, stress of the situation didn't help matters. So Madoff lives it up behind bars, has 'many friends', as some has reported 'consulting' with him for financial advice with some form of pay, and now has two dead sons to show for his crimes, in addition to the time he's serving.
The remainder of the group, while too sentenced to prison, received much shorter terms, and will likely walk free one day, yet most should alive.
Madoff can rot in prison as far as I'm concerned. He wrecked the lives of many, and refuses to accept responsibility, pointing towards those who received huge positive gains out of the deal as proof that many 'thrived' during the scheme. President Obama will likely not pardon nor commute his sentence.
Edited by cat1092, 01 June 2016 - 01:11 AM.