Infamous swindler Bernard Madoff had his attorney file court papers this week requesting that a federal judge grant him a “compassionate release” from his 150-year prison sentence. The 81-year-old convicted sociopath says he has less than 18 months to live because his kidneys are failing. Madoff has served just eleven years, or less than 10% of his punishment. His dying wish, he says, is to salvage his relationships with his grandchildren.
By all means, we should care about Bernie Madoff’s wishes. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to 11 federal counts in a heartless scheme that ruined the futures of thousands and put non-profits and charities out of business.
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz Of The Week is
Should Madoff get a “compassionate release”?
The question of whether be is no longer a threat to society is, or should be irrelevant.