More than three years since Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for bilking investors out of $17.3 million, some of his victims are beginning to recoup their losses.
As checks totaling $2.48 billion were mailed to 1,230 former customers this week, on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed the three men overseeing the efforts to reimburse those swindled by the 74-year-old former financier.
Joined by Irving Picard, David Sheehan, and Stephen Harbeck for a candid face to face interview, host Piers Morgan asked one simple question:
"What do you think of Bernie Madoff?"
"The way to look at Mr. Madoff, look at who he victimized. That will give you insight," explained Sheehan, Chief Counsel to the SIPA Trustee. "He went after people who were his friends, relatives, known acquaintances, etc. And got them...[He] had no qualms whatsoever about stealing other peoples monies for his own purposes."
Offering his own opinion, Morgan described the man who engineered the largest Ponzi scheme in American history with a question:
Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes television veteran and former political adviser George Stephanopoulos for a face to face primetime interview.
Joining the host on a day in which his friend and colleague Robin Roberts had a bone marrow transplant, the "Good Morning America" co-host shared some insight into her ordeal:
"She's been going through chemotherapy all summer long," he reveals to Piers Morgan. "The last week has been especially intense, several days, of several hours a day of chemotherapy, capped off on Tuesday – 18 hours of chemo, to completely wipe out your system."
Speaking candidly, Stephanopoulos provides some perspective as to what it's like to undergo such a medical procedure: FULL POST
Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Grover Norquist back to the program for a live primetime interview that comes as the nation continues to debate Mitt Romney's recent "47%" comments, and Barack Obama's "redistribution" references from 1998.
One of the country's leading experts on taxes, the conservative lobbyist is a regular guest of the program, in the past having weighed in on the debt crisis and Obama's speeches being more about politics than economics. FULL POST
On Wednesday, Piers Morgan welcomed Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm to share their thoughts on the current status of the Romney campaign.
In light of the leaked footage of Mitt Romney making unfavorable comments about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay income tax, the Republican McDonnell voiced his continued support of Romney and infused hope for a GOP presidential win saying, "I'm not nearly that pessimistic at all."
"The independent voters really make up their mind oftentimes right near the end," said McDonnell. "It's margin of error, four points, things can change quickly and I think the independent voters still really haven't made up their minds yet."
The Democratic Granholm had a different opinion: "If this [Romney's comment] isn't the final straw, obviously he's got a couple of debates, three debates, to be able to resurrect himself. But I don't know what is [the last straw.]" FULL POST
On Wednesday, Piers Morgan shared the touching love story of Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly in his "Only in America" segment.
Morris, a naval specialist was severely wounded when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan last May.
"Taylor lost his legs, his left arm and his right hand. President [Barack] Obama honored him with a purple heart for his outstanding courage," said Morgan.
Morris' recovery and love story with Kelly, his supportive wife, was documented in 22 gorgeous photographs taken by their friend Tim Dodd.
"The perfect tribute to a wounded warrior and the woman who loves him," said Morgan about the a story that is truly America at its finest.
Watch the video to see this remarkable tribute to a strong and beautiful couple.
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