FROM Peter Henning
Bernard Madoff: Behind Bars After pleading guilty to 11 felony counts in federal court today, Bernard Madoff did not go home to his Upper East Side apartment, but to jail, until he is sentenced on June 16. In the courtroom, he explained how his scheme worked and what he did with the money. Madoff cheated 4800 people out of billions of dollars. Is it possible he did it alone? How could the SEC have investigated and found nothing wrong? Is it enough to blame him? What's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again?
Bernard Madoff: Behind Bars Bernard Madoff told a federal court he was "ashamed" and "sorry," but that his massive Ponzi scheme was designed to "satisfy" his "clients." The judge accepted Madoff's guilty plea to 11 felony charges , revoked his bail and sent him to jail to await sentencing on June 16. Madoff cheated 4800 people out of billions of dollars. Is it possible he did it alone? How could the SEC have investigated and found nothing wrong? Is it enough to blame Madoff? What's being done to make sure this doesn't happen again?
Enron Verdicts The Enron case took four months to try, but the jury needed just 31 hours to reach its verdicts. Enron founder Ken Lay is guilty on all six counts of fraud and conspiracy in the loss of $60 billion from the collapse of his company. Former CEO Jeffrey Skilling is guilty on 19 of 28 charges of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. After sentencing on September 11, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison. Attorney Dan Petrocelli promised "a full and vigorous appeal." The Enron collapse cost $60 billion in corporate value; $2.1 billion in pensions and 5600 jobs. We speak with federal prosecutors, former employees, and others about the latest development in a series of scandals that have rocked corporate America.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.