Daniel Bonventre, one of five former aides to Bernard Madoff on trial over the con man’s $17 billion Ponzi scheme, gambled big by choosing at the last minute to testify in his own defense, former prosecutors said.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused terrorist who faces a possible death sentence if he’s convicted of bombing last year’s Boston Marathon, will go to trial Nov. 3, almost a year earlier than his lawyers requested.
Mark Shelton, formerly UBS AG’s Americas general counsel and global head of investigations, is joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. He will practice financial institutions law with a focus on banking regulation and investigations.
Five former aides to Bernard Madoff are seen as facing tough odds in trying to convince a New York jury they were innocent bystanders to the con man’s $17 billion fraud, given what one lawyer called the “avalanche” of evidence produced by prosecutors.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 260, will probably face a capital punishment phase of his trial given the violence of the attack and the evidence against him, former federal prosecutors said.