The final piece of the Scott Rothstein puzzle was filed yesterday as the Government, through former Dade ASA Larry LaVecchio, asked for 40 years for the Ponzi-Schemeing attorney. The Government's sentencing memo is here.
As David O Markus points out on his blog, the sentence is a starting number, as Rothstein can reasonably expect a 33% reduction for his pre and post arrest cooperation. So a thirty year sentence becomes....hmmm.. give us a sec (carry the two, 5, 9...) .....roughly twenty years or so.
NOT SO FAST MR. WAX.
As several alert readers pointed out, although Brian Tannebaum has been elected President, Barry Wax is standing for election for Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms, and has not yet been elected, although we bestowed a victory upon him yesterday.
However, we hope our mistake was only a predictor of future good things to come. Run Barry Run!!.
Today is primary election day in several states across the USA and here are the races we're watching:
Arkansas Dem Senate run-off: Senate Blanche Lincoln is fighting for her political life as Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is posed to make Lincoln the third sitting senator this primary season to lose her party's nomination. Lincoln has had former Pres. Bill Clinton in Arkansas all weekend criss crossing the state on her behalf, but as this race shows, the powerful unions carry more political clout than Clinton currently does in his home state. Look for Lincoln to lose decisively.
Nevada Republican Senate Primary: Three people are running for the right to challenge senate Majority leader Harry Reid in the fall. Reid has firmed up his base in recent weeks and is polling as a winner against any of the candidates, but look for Tea Party newbie Sharron Angle to nip the two other candidates, one of whom is UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian's son.
In California two female former CEOs are poised to become the Republican challengers for Governor and the Senate. Note that former California Governor Jerry Brown is the Democratic Nominee for Governor. When Brown was Governor of California from 1975-1983, he pushed through the most progressive and expansive changes to the building code for new business related buildings. The US spends 40% of its energy on heating and cooling business establishments and 35% of its energy on transportation. Because of Governor Brown's foresight over 30 years ago, California - believe it or not- leads the nation in energy conservation outside of transportation.
The JAA Broward Blog has this piece on the goodbye party for Judge Ana Gardiner:
Low judicial turnout - from what we're told, few Broward judges showed up for Gardiner's "Retirement Party". Stalwart gal pals Ilona Holmes, Susan Lebow, Mily Rodriguez-Powell, and Marina Garcia Wood were reportedly on scene, as were campaigners Jack Luzzo, Peter Skolnik, and Jay Hurley. The only other judge we heard about was John Frusciante, who is about to retire and set up shop as a mediator. The crowd was mostly comprised of civil lawyers, including many from Cole, Scott & Kissane. Howard Scheinberg's lawyer, Bruce Lyons, was also in attendance. Another shameful day for Broward, when a judge resigns in disgrace, and they throw her a party which other judges attend.
Rumpole says: We have nothing good to say about former Judge Gardiner. And that being said, we think the last line was a cheap shot. Let her go in peace and let her friends say au revoir.
That's it for now. Have a great Tuesday. See You in the polling booth.