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Madoff To Use Same Defense As Certain Mustachioed Austrian

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And Bernie Madoff gets off yet again! Four words: untreated case of syphilis. Didn't think Bernie Madoff's spotted sexual history was going to play a part in his defense of the greatest Ponzi scheme of all time? Think again! As you all know, some personally, when syphilis enters the symptomatic tertiary stage, "it becomes a very serious medical condition" that can cause a person to go crazy and do crazy, illegal shit, against his own will. From the Daily News:

Lawyers for the accused scammer are exploring an insanity defense, we hear.
"Bernie's family and his attorneys may argue that, somewhere along the line, he had a mental break," says a Madoff acquaintance. "They may even say he has a multiple personality disorder."

Madoff's grip on reality does show signs of slipping. The 70-year-old financier, now a prisoner of his East Side penthouse, wore a weird smile when he was photographed shortly after his Dec. 12 arrest. He's also said to be taking a heavy dose of anti-anxiety medication.
"He seems really out of it," says a source, who believes Madoff's family fears he'll follow the example of Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, the Madoff client who slit his wrists last week. "He has a very low affect. Bernie barely speaks. His wife, Ruth, and his sons, Andrew and Mark, do most of the talking for him."
"He might try to argue that Madoff suffered from dementia or a bipolar disorder," says the psychiatrist, who has served as an expert witness in high-profile criminal cases. "
He could argue that Madoff committed the fraud during manic, euphoric periods and that he never found the equilibrium to correct his crime. Or that he was so delusional that he convinced himself the investment returns were real. You might also plead that he was incapacitated by some character disorder, like a malignant narcissism stemming from an early-life trauma.

Bernie's funda-mental defense [NYDN via Cityfile]