Mother Teresa, move aside. Melvyn Weiss, a plaintiffs lawyer who made millions of dollars by suing corporate America — and who recently pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy for paying kickbacks to clients in many of those cases — deserves recognition as “one of the greatest humanitarians of our time,” according to a sentencing memo his lawyer filed Friday.

The table of contents sets the tone for the memo, which is effusive in its praise of Weiss. “The scope of the charity and generosity of Melvyn Weiss is breathtaking,” reads the header to one section. Weiss has a “compulsion” to make the world a better place, reads another. He is also “spontaneously kind,” the memo says.

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