He keeps order chiefly thanks to the patronage that he can grant and withdraw according to his discretion and whim.
It is true that Mr. Madoff used much of the money to back investors who asked along the way to withdraw their accounts.
If any of the defendants renounce their plea, however, the government can move to withdraw and the court can accept.
early 13c., "to take back," from with "away" + drawen "to draw," possibly a loan-translation of Latin retrahere "to retract." Sense of "to remove oneself" is recorded from c.1300.