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Federal judge denies Madoff compassionate release


(JNS) — A federal judge has denied Bernie Madoff’s request for compassionate release from prison in which the disgraced financier claimed to be terminally ill and likely to die in the next 18 months.

Madoff, 82, has served 10 years of a 150-year sentence for running a Ponzi scheme worth almost $65 billion — the largest in history and one that inflicted heavy financial loss upon Jewish investors.

Following his request in February to be released early, 520 of his victims wrote to the court with 96 percent of them objecting to such a move.

“When I sentenced Mr. Madoff in 2009, it was...

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