I don't see how justice can be seen to be done if the accused can simply buy their way out. (I do believe in fair trials, innocent till proven guilty, etc - But how can "So innocent they chose to bypass judgement and hand over shedloads of cash" be a just outcome?)
It's hardly like Bernie will sign over a fraction of his immense wealth, and think "Phew, that was close, best I don't do that again", is it?
And where does it leave him in terms of F1, FOM, CVC..? Not convicted would in this instance seem to be very different to not guilty, but he'll also not have been found guilty so where's the grounds for removing him from the very position he used, maintained and abused in such a way as to get him in court in the first place?
It also makes me wonder how people such as myself, who happen to be a bit short of millions right now, would fare in similar circumstance...