NY accountant's lawyer seeks speedy Madoff trial to cope with fading memories of witnesses

A lawyer for an accounting executive facing charges he aided Bernard Madoff in a massive fraud says he wants a speedy New York trial because aging witnesses may have fading memories.

Attorney Reed Brodsky commented Tuesday while seeking a trial date for his 77-year-old client, Paul Konigsberg. Judge Laura Taylor Swain refused, saying she'll consider setting one in January.

Konigsberg has pleaded not guilty to charges he directed others to falsify records to conceal a fraud that cheated thousands of investors out of nearly $20 billion.

Brodsky has said his Greenwich, Conn., client was himself "a victim of a sociopath," losing over $10 million in the fraud.

Konigsberg was a senior tax partner at the accounting firm Konigsberg Wolf & Co. Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence.