Madoff vs. Murderers
Dr. Helen Smith (aka Mrs. Glenn Reynolds and The InstaWife) asks, in re Bernie Madoff’s 150 year sentence, “Why is it that someone who set up a Ponzi scheme gets more jail time than the majority of murderers?”
Glenn Reynolds, Esq. (aka, the InstaPundit) answers, “I think it’s because he made powerful people look stupid.”
There’s something to that. But “the majority of murderers” kill only one person. Madoff bilked thousands of people out of billions of dollars. At some point, volume makes up for severity.