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And then there was a click

A bit of flair, and a crisp demonstration of the less-writing, more-impact effect, in the current New Yorker. A brief “Talk of the Town” piece by Nancy Franklin, titled “The Dolor of Money,” about the court appearance at which the shonda Bernard Madoff pled guilty. His attorney Ike Sorkin asked that Madoff remain free on bail pending sentencing. Franklin’s elegy concludes:

“As soon as Sorkin finished asking that Madoff’s bail be continued, [Judge Denny] Chin said curtly, ‘I don’t need to hear from the government. It is my intention to remand Mr. Madoff.’ [That means, no bail. Jail. Now.] Immediate applause, quickly tamped down by the Judge. Moments later, two court officers approached Madoff, who stood silently and still, and then he moved his arms a little so that his hands were behind his back. And then there was a click.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 03/23/2009 - 11:20 am.

    Great Headline, great writing. I think my blood pressure just went up!

  2. Submitted by dan buechler on 03/23/2009 - 01:39 pm.

    Still great writing but I think it was the double espresso.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/23/2009 - 05:47 pm.

    and slight echos of Darkness at Noon.
    Sounds like the judge was prejudging.
    You don’t through out due process even for gonifs.

    And does ‘shonda’ refer to the article or to its content?

  4. Submitted by John E Iacono on 03/25/2009 - 04:09 pm.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

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