Dear Judge: Go Easy on Michael Milken

Friends of the junk-bond king lobby for a lenient sentence

How much time should America's most famous Wall Street criminal spend in the slammer? Junk-bond king Michael Milken, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1, could get up to 28 years. He has already been punished financially: last April, when Milken reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to six of the 98 counts of securities fraud and other crimes leveled against him, he was ordered to pay $200 million in fines and $400 million in restitution. Scores of Milken's friends -- and a smattering of his foes -- have deluged New York Federal District Court Judge Kimba Wood...

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