RRA Case Fading Away

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Thought I'd share a new piece of my wardrobe this morning while I work on another post. Yes, that's an authentic Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler cap. It's glittery. I was also given an RRA T-shirt handed out at the infamous Bahamian retreat for the law firm that I'll catwalk for you at some point.

It's just a little kitsch left over from the biggest crime in Broward history. And it's beginning to look like almost all the folks who jumped into Scott Rothstein's orbit and helped make his fraud possible are going to walk. The U.S. Attorney's Office seems to have lost its mojo in the investigation. There were once huge expectations for multiple convictions not only by the public but among the feds themselves. Yet to date, only Rothstein and henchwoman Debra Villegas have been charged and convicted, and any hope of bringing justice to the real facilitators is waning.

Let me tell you something about federal prosecutors in Miami. They are perfectly competent but also deathly afraid to lose. They are afraid that the lawyers and wealthy business people who were tied to Rothstein will beat them in court in any case that isn't 100 percent obvious. They are especially afraid of

the attorneys the well-heeled defendants will throw at them. Have you ever followed a team that was afraid to lose? Funny thing is that they almost always lose the big games. What's really pathetic about the U.S. Attorney's Office folks is that they are so afraid to lose that they don't even play the game. They lose by default.

What they don't seem to understand is that their lack of action in the Rothstein case is going to ensure that they are seen as monumental losers in the eyes of history. Again, all three of the assistant U.S. attorneys assigned the Rothstein case -- Jeffrey Kaplan, Pete Schwartz, and Lawrence LaVecchio -- are good prosecutors, but their paralysis in this hugely significant case will forever overshadow all the good work they've done.  

I hope I'm wrong; I hope they will make a late-inning run. But after 15 months, the longer this drags out, the more likely most of the Rothstein crony cases will go gently into that good night.

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Jackmahogoff
Jackmahogoff

Pulp:

You are far from correct. The Feds take their time to get their ducks in a row, sweating out the uncharged like a form of water torture.

Just this week Larry L. was meeting with one of the players, who was given a "Queen For A Day".

Indictments are down the road ... It just may be a long road.

Ecoop73
Ecoop73

If the criminals involved with Rothstein's Ponzi scheme are not punished by law, this could send a message that Broward County welcomes such criminal acts into our community. These people need to face a judge and the judge needs to slam the "hammer"down on these individuals and send the right message.

Guest
Guest

The FEDs are a little busy. Cut them a break. At least they are here investigating and successfully prosecuting, unlike Satz's office. Satz needs to retire.

Spanky
Spanky

maybe the prosecutors found that prosecution wasnt appropriate you know it all know nothing

Nowbot
Nowbot

Pulp, don't you see a similar bit happening with Made-off-with your money? Years and NADA. The old man takes the fall, the kid kills himself, one cheesy accountant falls....that's it so far???

Scotty is living in hiding and got that for what???? Watch in a year his mouthpiece (who's paying him by the way?) will plead for a reduction and the FEDS will give it to him even though they are are not nailing anyone except some two bit Mafia wannabes....and the owner of Bove lands in his beautiful old Boca Bova site while stiffing wait staff and vendors, etc.

And scummy people still patronize his place...

Makes one think: "how do I get in on something like this?" Ain't life grand in S. Fl?

CriminalswithaBadge
CriminalswithaBadge

Deer Misters Pulpsis I knowed mys names wood bees kleered ands I's wood kontinued to keeps mys Cheefs job specially because I had my boy faux capt ricky magloine kleer all 49 offices of anee krimes, specially sgt greenlaw because he had all the money and pictures of mee drunk and messin wit all thee womens.respfolie Faux cheef franklin Adderley

cheef of fort lauderdale police departments and head accident investigatorps my LEO thugs gets to keep all there money nooo klawbacks for thems.pps i's still loves you faux Eleanor you took one on the chin for me

Corruption continues as usual
Corruption continues as usual

So the only people jailed will be those who admitted to it and made it easy for the prosecutors. Maybe stu was smarter than scott.

HeatPrayLove.com
HeatPrayLove.com

I also blame the IRS they take years to go after the rich they have worked one multi-million dollar Tax Fraud-Money Laundering and insurance fraud case for over four years and the Fort Lauderdale business cheat is still laughing at the IRS from his yacht.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Why am I not surprised ? I remember the excitement that this blog generated when it broke the Rothstein case. Unfortunately more than a year on and very little has changed. Levinson still has Marino pitching his fancy watches, the RRA attorneys are still driving their BMWs and the same old faces are on the charity circuit. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose as they say at Yolos.

unowho
unowho

Pulp ..Any chance you can take the Loonie Laughner pic off the Top Blog stories please ?......I wont raz you about Spoelstra anymore,promise!!!.....(replace with Mr Clean anything thanks)

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

is all this normal? or is Broward the most corrupt county in the country? The 6 years I've lived down here I've been AMAZED at what people will stand for, that the newspapers and tv report like nothing is wrong. It must all the old rich people's money that keeps the status quo. If you are not rich in Florida, you are a 2nd class citizen, if you are rich, you are the king of the world.

Pulp
Pulp

Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for the feds. But it's obvious that the prosecution is stuck in the mud.

Per Sun-Sentinel, Ilene Lieberman again didn't make the commission meeting but read this statement over the phone:

"I would like to take a moment of personal privilege and thank everyone who has called and expressed their concerns about me. As you know, I am having some personal health issues at this time. However, I want to assure the residents of my district that my office is running smoothly and I am in touch with my staff on a daily basis. I also am making sure that I am updated on all county issues. I thank you for your understanding during this difficult time and I hope to be back to 100 percent soon."

ontheequator
ontheequator

General Schwarzkopf said that when the planning is 75% done, it's time to move the troops ... the last 25% gets adjusted in the field. Move the damn troops!

Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean

Cooking a good stew takes time and this one is a good one. Remember they just made the second case in the Madof case, and that one happened first.

Old Flat Foot
Old Flat Foot

I'm sure there will be other arrests and convictions, and fairly certain there has already been plenty of action related to the Rothstein matter. What many may not fully realize is that this isn't solely a Broward County matter, and most Pulp readers would probably never be aware of arrests and convictions in other states/jurisdictions. Organized crime investigations can take years, and our tri-county scoundrels may be cooperating with investigators themselves. As I've often stated to younger folks...don't spill your candy in the lobby.Flag

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Pulp, what's up with the 3 extraordinarily hot chicks that just friended you on facebook?

Be careful, it might be a trap.

Watching and waiting
Watching and waiting

If Scott isn't talking - about someone - why is he in secret, protective custody? I think you need to take a softer line against the USAttys they are plodders that take their time and use their abundant resources to build solid cases. I expect - like the Pulp USED to - that there is a much bigger story behind the Rothstein story and that when that story is told Scott may come off looking like more of a pawn than a mastermind.

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

What about the Helio Castroneves case? They filed that one and everyone knows what happened. There is so much fraud. It's sad that everyone is looking away.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

It is not unusual for cases to take years to come forward even when you have cooperating witnesses. I dont think the limited charges in the case thats only 14 months old is evidence of the Feds dropping the ball. Hell it took them almost 2 months to charge SR and he confessed.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

@ pulp

You have mail, Its a good one too.

MargoGo
MargoGo

If the assistant US attorneys assigned to the Rothstein case can't get it done, then bring in new assistant US Attorneys. This is a crime of gigantic proportions and with Rothstein getting 50 years, the rest of them should at least get 25 years. I'm surprised Rothstein is sitting back and taking the fall for these crooks. Wouldn't his testimony almost assure many of these corrupt individuals would go down for at least 5-10?

This is why we can't allow these criminals to stay in power positions of any kind, especially elected positions. Once they're in, you can get them out. Just like cockroaches. Pulp, maybe would should post a "cockroach" list, so everyone remembers who they are, if nothing else.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Suggestion for Pulp's next TV appearance on *any* topic: dress in RRA attire (tee shirt, hat). That would be a visual reminder that we need to "get to work" -- on the business of getting rid of the bad guys.

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

IF PEOPLE DONT PAY one way......they pay another!!!!! Never fails!!!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Time heals all wounds. Right? I never had sympathy for the greedy investors, but I so wanted the civil servants and political office holding enablers to go down hard. They must all be laughing at the system.

The secret of grand fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it was properly done.

Balzac

unowho
unowho

It makes you wonder sometimes are the Feds being fed!!!

Walter
Walter

I don't believe her. Health issues are not what is going on.

Gatorfl
Gatorfl

Bullshit. If there were arrests connected to the case the prosecutors and Feds would be publicizing it. I think Bob's right on this one--the lack of manpower and balls with the entities involved preclude any more arrests or convictions. Another case that seems to be growing cold is that of Teflon Stacy and her hubby. Another sad day in South Florida.

Old Flat Foot
Old Flat Foot

I'm sure there will be other arrests and convictions, and fairly certain there has already been plenty of action related to the Rothstein matter. What many may not fully realize is that this isn't solely a Broward County matter, and most Pulp readers would probably never be aware of arrests and convictions in other states/jurisdictions. Organized crime investigations can take years, and our tri-county scoundrels may be cooperating with investigators themselves. As I've often stated to younger folks...don't spill your candy in the lobby.

Jones
Jones

Maybe you should let us know if you can accept service for the defamation lawsuit or should we send a process server.

MargoGo
MargoGo

I agree. It is like somewhat wrote a while back about Russ Adler. Maybe he is not in jail, but can you imagine how stressful and terrible his life must be with the world caving in on him, while he is still living under the threat of going to jail.

Ka Ka Karma
Ka Ka Karma

These scumbags have no feelings. He's eating out, going to the beach, INVESTING....nada bothers him. But he has to know that when people see him on the street they are sending darts his way. In the end Scotty, Russ, Kimmy, the Meatball, the cops...it's all about Karma; they know they have bad bad bad Karma; and they deserve it.

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