Rajaratnam Brother Asks Friends: Tell Judge Raj is ‘Loving Human Being’ in Email Leak
3:18 pm, May 23rd | by Hillary Reinsberg
Desperate times call for desperate measures — at least in the case of Raj Rajaratnam’s sentencing. In anticipation of the former Galleon head’s insider trading sentencing, Raj’s brother Rengan (who allegedly tried to cover up for Raj right after he was arrested) is asking friends and family to write letters to the judge painting Raj in a positive light. Awesomely, Dealbreaker has a copy of the email Rengan sent out.
In the email, Rengan asks the “handful of people,” who received it to do the following:
If you can find it in your hearts to write a personal letter to Judge Holwell describing your relationship with Raj; when and how you met; as well as illustrate some of the positive experiences you’ve had with him, it would be of immense service to Raj and our family. The longer you can state you have known Raj, clearly the better.
The goal is to appeal to Judge Howell, by informing him that Raj is a loving human being with deep friendships and ties to the community. That Raj is a person of good character, a positive member of society who is deserving of the court’s leniency.
As many of you may be aware, Raj has donated significant amounts of money to charity in excess of $30 MM in the last 5 years alone. If you need specifics, please call me.
It is important that the letter come from you, and paints Raj in a positive light. Since time is of the essence, it would be great if you could send the letters to me before the end of the week or the early part of next week.
Time is of the essence! But before you go off sending your letter, Rengan wants you to know that the format of the letter is very important! He even includes an eHow article of “how to write a letter to a judge before sentencing.” When a former CEO is taking tips from eHow, you know things are grim.
The Rajaratnams are clearly out on their last limbs here. The letters probably can’t hurt, but given the fact that Raj was convicted on all counts, the possible 15 to 19 years behind bars don’t seem entirely impossible.