HER SIDE

Ruth Madoff Breaks Silence

Minutes after her husband was convicted to 150 years in prison, Ruth Madoff spoke out: "I am breaking my silence now, because my reluctance to speak has been interpreted as indifference or lack of sympathy for the victims of my husband Bernie's crime, which is exactly the opposite of the truth," the wife of the Ponzi schemer said in a statement. She continued: "I am embarrassed and ashamed. Like everyone else, I feel betrayed and confused. The man who committed this horrible fraud is not the man whom I have known for all these years... Nothing I can say seems sufficient regarding the daily suffering that all those innocent people are enduring because of my husband. But if it matters to them at all, please know that not a day goes by when I don't ache over the stories that I have heard and read." Though surely that will bring some, er, little comfort to his victims.