Madoff to Plead Guilty Thursday
Friday it was reported that Bernard Madoff had reached a plea deal with Government. He is expected to enter a guilty plea Thursday to whatever charges were agreed upon on.
Today, the Government asked the Court to notify potential victims of their right to seek to be heard at the plea hearing. So far, 78 e-mail responses were received, 25 indicating a wish to be heard.
Will they be heard? The relatively recent victims rights law allowing victims to be heard at hearings involving release on bail, plea, sentencing and parole (which, on Nov. 1, 1987, was abolished for offenses committed after that date) is 18 U.S.C. 3771. [More...]
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