Bernie Madoff Feels Like a Human Piñata

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In his second interview with the New York Times, two years after he was sentenced to 150 years behind bars, Bernie Madoff laments his jail sentence, using a suddenly vibrant diction — improved, perhaps, from all that time he's spent sitting in jail already, reading and whatnot:


Explain to me who else has received a sentence like that. I mean, serial killers get a death sentence, but that’s virtually what he gave me. I’m surprised [Federal Judge Denny Chin] didn’t suggest stoning in the public square. He made me the human piñata of Wall Street, while financial firms and government officials walk away free.

Unfortunately, when you beat him, no candy comes out.

Madoff Says He’s a ‘Human Pinata’ [DealBook/NYT]