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Stern "Wack Packer" Nabbed In Madoff Taping

Feds cite Howard disciple for recording Ponzi swindler's sentencing

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Stern "Wack Packer" Nabbed In Madoff Taping

JUNE 30--A member of Howard Stern's "wack pack" was cited yesterday for violating federal court rules by recording the sentencing hearing of swindler Bernard Madoff.

Ivy Silberstein, who is known as "Ivy Supersonic," was caught recording the U.S. District Court proceeding by Federal Protective Service officers, according to an order signed by Judge Denny Chin. The order, a copy of which you'll find here, does not indicate why Silberstein was recording the Madoff sentencing.

Chin ordered the return of the 42-year-old Silberstein's "recording device," but directed that the Madoff recording be deleted first.

Federal court rules bar reporters (or audience members) from recording court proceedings. Additionally, anyone entering a federal courthouse is required to check their cellphones with security guards. It is unclear whether Silberstein was in Chin's courtroom or in one of two "overflow" rooms where the Madoff sentencing was simulcast.

Silberstein, whose web site describes her as a "hat designer to the stars," did not respond this morning to a message left on her voicemail. She was issued a summons for violating court rules, Chin reported. (1 page)