He requested their help last week and even included some links on the proper formatting to use when drafting missives in an attempt to convince a judge to be lenient in sentencing.

From: Rengan Rajaratnam
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2011

Dear Friends,

I want to thank you for your support. Your calls, emails, texts, and inquiries are constant reminders that through this dark, tragic time, Raj and the family are not alone.

As we prepare for the appeals process, we need your help and I am I only sending this letter to a handful of people. The sentencing phase is coming up relatively quickly and the federal guidelines are calling for 15 to 19 years in jail. The guidelines are harder and less flexible than many prison sentences for violent and predatory offenders. This is simply unfair, and we are praying for leniency from the judge while we prepare for the appeal.

In the meantime, on behalf of Raj and the family, I would like to enlist your support one last time. Positive character letters from family, friends, and colleagues that know Raj well can play a pivotal role in helping persuade the Hon. Judge Holwell to be fair, and lenient during Raj’s sentencing.

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The senator wants to be kept in the loop re any ‘suspicious trading’ at SAC Capital (he doesn’t know of any, but in case anything comes up in the files) and also has questions just generally about what life is like there. Read more »

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When discussing the horrible tragedy this afternoon, please, remember to give Gartman credit. Here’s what he wrote in a note today: Read more »

In a letter sent this week, hedge fund manager (and former co-head of proprietary currency trading at Goldman Sachs) Christian Siva-Jothy informed investors that he would be shutting down his firm, SemperMacro, due to poor performance (the fund is down 2.3 percent year to date, and lost 8.7 percent in 2010 and 27 percent in 2009). He also made some truly disturbing statements. Read more »

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Paulson And Co’s Extra ‘Edge': Alan Greenspan

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Robert G. Burton is the chairman and CEO of Greenwich-based Burton Capital Management. Over the years he’s donated more than $7 million to the school’s football program, including a $2.5 million gift for the Burton Family Football Complex. Now Burton wants that money back and his name taken off the building. He’s extremely miffed and in a letter to athletic director Jeff Hathaway– the object of Burton’s ire– he outlined why. Read more »