Should Ruth Madoff have her MacBook taken away?

A recent Vanity Fair article reveals that Ruth Madoff is an Apple MacBook user. Should she have to give it up if she hasn't already?

I was browsing through the latest issue of Vanity Fair, in which Mark Seal has a profile of Ruth Madoff titled "Ruth's World," and noticed that Madoff, wife of jailed Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, is apparently an Apple user.

The article talks about how she had to give up many of her pricier belongings, including a fur coat (or probably several), when U.S. marshals took possession of her Park Avenue apartment on July 2.

Personally, I wasn't too concerned about the fur she wanted to keep, but sick tech blogger that I am, all I could think about was whether she was going to get to hold on to her MacBook. Now, I'm not sure what's inside that MacBook, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was a top-of-the-line model (when she bought it anyway).

Now, if you're one of Bernie's victims--and an Apple fan to boot--that picture would seem doubly insulting. OK, so I don't know whether the laptop was taken away with the furs, but I have a sneaking suspicion it wasn't. And if I were the feds, I'd force her to use Windows Vista on some Netbook that barely runs it.

Ruth Madoff may be innocent of conspiring to defraud people with her husband, but it's a crime that she's still allowed to use a MacBook.

Just my two cents. How 'bout yours?

About the author

Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.


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