Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hammerman on Ethics: Should Ruth Madoff Have Blown the Whistle?

The Jewish Week's new website launched this morning, and I'm delighted to be a part of this exciting new venture. Check out the site at http://www.thejewishweek.com/, and then scroll down for Hammerman on Ethics. This week's question is, naturally, Should Mrs. Madoff have reported Bernie?

Let's assume for the sake of argument that Ruth knew about the Ponzi scheme and that Bernie's crimes were committed while of sound mind and body. From the public record there is little information about Bernie's mental state - aside from indications he is a grade-A sociopath, of course.

So should Ruth have blown the whistle on Bernie? By all means.

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