Sure, Bernie Madoff has a right to bail, like anybody else, subject to the same considerations. But if I’m the judge, it all goes a little differently:
1. Is he a flight risk? As far as I’m concerned, anyone with untold millions of dollars stashed in places that no one has any idea about is a flight risk. No bail based on this one.
2. Connections to the community? Bernie’s connection to the community is the connection of a vampire to the neck of the victim. No bail.
3. Harm to the community? Great emotional harm to the people who lost millions and now have to watch him come and go freely from his penthouse, the one that they paid for. Great harm in encouraging other crooks by showing them how they’ll be treated with kid gloves after they get caught, if they even get caught. No bail.
But money talks, and bullshit walks. As usual.