- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - The Manhattan judge in Bernard Madoff’s multibillion-dollar fraud case was so sure last week that he belongs in prison that he cut off prosecutors before they had a chance to explain.

Now the same prosecutors are going before an appeals court. They’ll say why they believe the disgraced financier should stay in prison until his June sentencing.

Their written submission on Tuesday is a prelude to oral arguments on Thursday.

Last Friday, Madoff’s lawyers asked the appeals court to let the 70-year-old defendant return to house arrest at his Manhattan penthouse. He faces a sentence of up to 150 years in prison.

Madoff pleaded guilty last Thursday. He has admitted that he ripped off thousands of investors for billions of dollars.

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