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Madoff's Secretary Gets Lighter Sentence Due to Her 'Unusually Small Stature'

Bruce Carton | December 10, 2014

"Madoff secretary gets 6 years after judge cites ‘small stature’"
 
When I came across the headline above in yesterday's New York Post, I thought that while "small stature" was an odd way to characterize the role of Madoff's secretary in his massive fraud, it did make sense that someone who played a small role in the scheme would get a lighter sentence than other people.
 
Alas, after reading the full article I see that Judge Laura Taylor Swain -- who the Post made sure to point out is herself roughly 5 feet, 3 inches in height--did not provide Madoff secretary Annette Bongiorno with a lighter sentence than what even Bongiorno's own lawyer asked for because of the "small stature" of her role in the scheme...

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