If you're arguing that Bernard Madoff should be given a break, you work with what you have. Attempting to mitigate a maximum sentence of 150 years for a client whose name has become synonymous with greed, defense attorney Ira Lee Sorkin asked a federal judge Tuesday morning to set aside the "hysteria" generated by of the largest Ponzi scheme in history and give Madoff only 12 years in prison.
Madoff Lawyer Asks Judge to Ignore 'Hysteria,' Impose 12-Year Sentence
New York Law Journal
June 23, 2009