SCOTT ROTHSTEIN UPDATE: Gotta love this nugget from the Daily Pulp:
"I know this is frustrating, but let me assure you, this is the greatest story in the history of South Florida, and it will all come out in due time. Let me just say that I'm hearing incredible stories about Rothstein's use of his associates to impersonate judges, officials, and reporters on the phone to help him in his extortion schemes and scams."
I admit that I am hooked. I'm on that site ten times a day.
Broward is collapsing under its own weight of cronyism, theft, fraud, bad karma, and less than mediocre individuals in position of leadership. Things are so bad that Broward may just dissolve and ask to become "Dade North" (North Dade is already taken and we are sure the fine folks in North Dade want nothing to do with being associated with Broward in any manner), at which point the statute of Florida's 19th Governor- Napoleon Bonaparte Broward - (who notably wanted to drain the Everglades)- which stands ominously in the hallways of the new wing of the Courthouse in Broward, would just spontaneously implode.
Let's start with the Sherrif's Department. There are plenty of reports circulating that the top man-Sheriff Al Lamberti- is a major disappointment who is not "a hands on guy" and "can't make a decision without checking with his right hand men." The problem is that one of Lamberti's right hand man- his head of internal affairs no less- was in the pocket of disgraced Broward Attorney/Thief Scott Rothstein. BSO Lt. David Benjamin - who personally drove a frightened and on-the-run Scott Rothstein to the airport in early November so Rothstein could run to Morocco with 20 million in stolen Ponzi funds- is now rumored by the Broward Pulp to be either A) Under Federal Investigation for accepting at least $30,000 from Rothstein; B) A Federal Informant or C) (This being Broweird) BOTH!. (Scott Rothstein tidbit- why did he need police protection to go to the airport? Scotty boy was stealing from some pretty powerful people. The type of people who don't call the police or sue when things go wrong. More on this at another time.)
Lamberti's campaign coffers were literally stuffed with stolen RRA money as Bob Norman details on his blog. Of course so was Governor Crist's campaign, so Lambeti is in good company.
Lets move on to Broweird State Attorney Mikey Satz.
"It is well documented by law enforcement that people using drugs are actively involved in all sorts of criminal activities such as burglaries, robberies, and violent crimes."
-Mike Satz 2009-
-Mike Satz 2009-
...right beneath pictures of Satz circa 1970 at a "pot party".
So much for the personal integrity of the County's top Prosecutor and Law Enforcement Officer.
Item: Mike Satz's Major Crimes division put an innocent man on death row and fought to cover up his obvious innocence. Frank Lee Smith died on death row before the court's could rule on his motions proving innocence.
Item: There is an avowed Federal Informant who works as a Prosecutor at the Broward SAO and is called a snitch around the office behind her back. Because this is Broweird, she is also a City Commissioner and a central figure in a Circuit Judge and a Prosecutor meeting at a restaurant for drinks and laughing at a gay juror who was sickened by the grisly crime scene photos of a death penalty case the prosecutor was trying before the Judge. And because this is Broweird, the defense attorney was not included in that convenient little social.
Leaving prosecutors and cops, lets turn to the judiciary:
Item: The current Chief Judge is fighting with the former Chief Judge. A former circuit judge who cried on national TV during a hearing into the death of Anna Nicole Smith was secretly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly woman he befriended in his condominium.
The Chief Judge up there likes to fight. Besides being famously (or infamously ) rude to us many times because of where we have our office (Dade), he is also fighting with the Broward Clerk of Courts.
File these under the courts/judiciary:
Item: Fort Lauderale's Police Chief's wife fires his weapon at him (a 20 year minimum mandatory for those of you scoring at home ) and ...this being Broweird....gets 9 months. Meanwhile possession of cocaine, a third degree felony, routinely gets you an 18 month prison sentence, especially if you're....a black male not standing consanguinity to a public official of import. Because if you're say, the son of a certified "Broweird Player" and get arrested for Drug Trafficking in Broweird, you get....
"Johnny, tell out contestant what he has won today on 'I'm related to someone important in Broweird': a Misdemeanor!"
Yup, the former son-in-law of politically connected Broward Lawyer Bill Scherer, who happens to be the lawyer leading the lawsuits against Scott Rothstein with this mammoth 289 page lawsuit that is rife with spelling errors and grammatical gaffes, got a misdemeanor after being arrested on a drug traffcking charge. The cops laughed when the suspect said "you don't know who you're messing with." They're not laughing any more.
And neither are we and nor should you. It's a complete mess up there North of the the Border, and this Scott Rothstein disaster will show all of those Broward sacred cows with their hands deep into the pockets of the man with the money. These same politicians, Judges, lawyers and officers who sneer at "Dade Lawyers" and have mistreated and maligned us for decades as unprincipled and uncouth, have now been unmasked for what they really are- rank hypocrites who fought over each other to jump into bed and be closest to the man with the money. May each and every one of them get what they truly deserve.
We end most posts on Broweird this way: Karma baby.