John Gotti's "Adopted Son" Files Legal Malpractice Suit

Lewis Kasman, who for years was the right-hand man and "adopted son" to crime boss John Gotti, says the Mafia has nothing on Florida when it comes to stealing money.

Now Kasman, who turned government witness and helped indict dozens of organized crime figures, is looking to get payback from his divorce attorney, Fort Lauderdale's Barry Roderman, claiming he had a personal conflict of interest with his wife's female attorney. The lawsuit alleges "extortion of fees, legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract" and is asking for damages in excess of $2 million. 

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Kasman with Gotti before the fall
 ​"The lawyers are the best extortionists of all," Kasman told me today. "They beat the Mafia any day of the week, especially in Florida."  

The most explosive charge contained in the lawsuit filed on Kasman's behalf by Coral Springs attorney Nicholas Steffens is that Roderman was involved in an "inappropriate personal relationship" with the opposing counsel in the divorce, Carol Kartagener, of the Weiss Handler law firm in Palm Beach County. 
Also representing Kasman is prominent Palm Beach divorce attorney Joel Weissman, whom Kasman refers to as his "consigliere." 

"Plaintiff Kasman saw Defendant Roderman taking part in a compromising physical embrace with Kartagener in the parking lot of the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach, Florida," Steffens wrote in the lawsuit. 

Kasman, who worked in New York's garment industry when he teamed up with Gotti, has a more direct way of putting it. "I was walking out in the parking lot after a court hearing when I saw them together and he had his tongue down her mouth," he says. 

Roderman denies the allegation, calling it "disgusting" and "absurd." He denies there was any parking lot encounter at all and says that while he and Kartagener have a professional relationship and had worked cases together, they are both happily married and never had any kind of romantic relationship.

"Check the source," said Roderman. "This guy's a pathological liar. He's been convicted of perjury in the past. Right now, he calls himself indigent, lives in a million-dollar house with his mother, drives an expensive car, and bashes 
judges and lawyers all day."

In addition to the perjury conviction, Kasman pleaded guilty last year to fraud but was given no jail time because of his extensive cooperation with the federal government, which began as early as 1996. He admits that he committed crimes with the Gambino crime family but says that the problems with his divorce case should shine a light not on him but on a deeply flawed legal system.  

Kasman says that during his divorce trial in October 2009, he testified that he saw the two lawyers in the embrace, prompting what he calls an hysterical -- and tell-tale -- response from Kartagener. 

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Kasman, who paid for Gotti's funeral and gave his eulogy, is no stranger to the press
​"She stormed out of the courtroom in tears with her client in tow," said Kasman. "She ran into the bathroom and laid on the floor kicking and screaming. My ex-wife had to compose her and bring her back into the courtroom. There were many witnesses, including the judge and my lawyer. It's a fact."

Kartagener didn't return a call for comment left on her office phone at Weiss Handler.

Kasman, who was indeed convicted of perjury and served a prison term after lying on the stand in defense of Gotti in the early 1990s, says he blames Roderman for the only other time he ever went to jail. 

That happened in 2008 when Judge Martin Colin jailed him for contempt of court in the divorce case for failing to pay his wife $10,000 a month. He would spend nine days in jail despite the fact that, according to the lawsuit, there was never a written order that he pay the $10,000 a month. 

Roderman "stood silent when I was sentenced to jail," says Kasman. "He did nothing." 

Roderman counters that he was "totally shocked" when Colin sent Kasman to jail and that he did everything he could to keep it from happening. He also insists that the order did exist (though there is evidence to the contrary). 

"I did not think the judge would do that," said Roderman. "I argued like crazy but the judge made up his mind that Kasman was in contempt and that he took the kids' trust money and he didn't pay the support. I was in shock. I never lost a guy to jail in a divorce case before. I've lost them to jail in criminal cases, but not divorce cases." 

Kasman, who was in the protective custody of the U.S. government during much of the divorce proceedings due to his cooperation with the FBI against his former associates, spent nine days in jail that he claims was totally unlawful. 

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Roderman
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Kartagener
​Colin, it turned out, also had a conflict of interest with the Weiss Handler firm -- his girlfriend (and current wife) was represented by the firm in her divorce and Colin took professional calls at the firm as well. Colin recused himself from the case after Kasman exposed the conflict. 

"It's unbelievable what is going on in that courthouse," said Kasman. "The behavior of these judges and lawyers speaks volumes." 

Roderman acknowledges that he and Kartagener have worked together on cases in the past, including one in 1993 that landed an $11.5 million judgment (which Kartagener still touts her bio on the Weiss Handler website). He said that he told Kasman about his professional relationship with Kartagener and that one of the reasons Kasman hired him was that he knew about his closeness with Kartagener and her boss, Henry Handler. 

"She is a brilliant academic lawyer," Roderman says of Kartagener. "I'm not. I'm a good trial lawyer. I have great respect for her but at the time of the divorce I was opposed to her. I thought she was over-litigating the case. But she did nothing but a brilliant job for her client."

In reality, says Kasman, Kartagener took hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees from his ex-wife, Eileen, only to lose at trial. She was awarded only one dollar a year in alimony and a small amount in child support. "Kartagener left my ex-wife destitute," he says. 

In the lawsuit, Kasman claims that Roderman failed him on several counts: 

-- Failed to warn him about Colin's conflict of interest, which he should have known about. 
-- Failed to disclose his own conflict of interest with Kartagener and the Weiss Handler firm
-- Failed to protect him from being sentenced to jail on a motion that never existed

Roderman says it is he who is the victim of Kasman rather than the other way around.

"I spent 40 years to build a great reputation," says Roderman. "This guy is trying to destroy it with all kinds of stupidity. Finally we're in court. I think his lawsuit is frivolous. I think it will be dismissed." 

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Moviefan111
Moviefan111

If you're interested in John Gotti's life, I just saw a really great movie about John Gotti's early years in the New York Mafia titled "At the Sinatra Club".  The film was written by legendary author Salvatore Polisi, who besides being the former right hand man of John Gotti, was also one of the first crime family members to defect from the Mafia and turn State's evidence against John Gotti and the Mafia.  I got the film at Redbox last night after my co-worker told me he really enjoyed watching it, and I have to say I would absolutely recommend it!  If you would like to see the trailer, here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

Guys, just another reminder to keep things civil. But hey, if you've got proof about some of the accusations previously removed on this discussion, feel free to email them to eric.barton@browardpalmbeach.com.

jameniks
jameniks

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Joan
Joan

Psycho Jay Gordon obviously has too much idle time on his hands as he continues to wine like the lowlife he is. An embarrassment to all, including his son, who is so ashamed of Psycho Jay that he will not admit that the Psycho is his father. How about supporting your son, Psycho Jay instead depending on your ex wife Savitt to do all the work. Psycho Jay, a real piece of work...............

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Dmonitor1
Dmonitor1

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release March 2011 Contact Crime Beat Radio Show www.artistfirst.com Crimebeat123@yahoo.com 803-366-5440

CRIME BEAT RADIO PROGRAM TO AIR SPECIAL TWO-PART PROGRAM:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH LEWIS KASMAN, CRIME BOSS JOHN GOTTI’S “ADOPTED

SON,” AND KASMAN’S COUNSEL, JOEL M. WEISSMAN, NOTED FLORIDA LAWYER

March, 2011—This coming March 17th and 24th, the radio show, CRIME BEAT: ISSUES, CONTROVERSIES AND PERSONALITIES FROM THE DARKSIDE, will feature a special two-part program focusing on Lewis Kasman, John Gotti’s so-called 'Adopted Son', and his lawyer, Joel M. Weissman, one of the country’s top divorce lawyers. Kasman, at one time a millionaire garment executive, became one of the closest confidants of the late John Gotti, the notorious Gambino crime boss known as the ‘Dapper Don'. When John Gotti died in prison, Kasman brought the body home in a private Lear jet, planned the funeral and gave the eulogy at Gotti’s funeral. Lewis Kasman’s story is fascinating because he gained unprecedented power within the Gotti Mob. The Dapper Don entrusted Kasman with the authority to pay gambling debts, lawyer fees and assorted bills relating to Gambino crime family matters. After Gotti was sentenced with a life sentence in a federal penitentiary, Lewis Kasman hid millions of illicit dollars in a toy chest in his attic and later became a government witness in 1996. Feeling the heat from the Feds, Kasman agreed to wear a wire and recorded 130 tapes with top mobsters inside the Gambino ranks, as well as John Gotti’s own family. The court sentenced Kasman to probation as the reward for his invaluable secret work. Kasman is also credited with saving the lives of noted crime reporter Jerry Capeci and a federal worker at Springfield, Missouri. In reflecting on the years he spent with John Gotti, Lewis Kasman told Crime Beat, “If I was to characterize my relationship with Gotti, I suppose I would say it was blind allegiance. I have many regrets.” Weissman represented Kasman in a high profile divorce that the tabloids covered. In addition to discussing his representation of Kasman, Weisman will talk about his successful career as one of the best criminal and divorce lawyers in the United States. Joel Weissman will appear on the Crime Beat radio program March 17th from 9-10 p.m. EST, while Lewis Kasman’s appearance is scheduled for March 24th from 9-10 p.m. EST. Listeners can access the program by going to www.artistfirst.com, clicking on the “Live Weekly Show Schedule” and then clicking on the “Crime Beat” link. See also http://www.artistfirst.com/cri....

CRIME BEAT is hosted by award-winning crime writer Ron Chepesiuk (www.ronchepesiuk.com) and broadcast journalist and freelance writer Willie Hryb. Ronald Herd 11, the popular Internet radio host and regular listener of Crime Beat, said Crime Beat “sounds like an organized crime greatest hits collection...I am loving it!

Guests on previous shows included Jack Garcia, former FBI agent and best selling co-author of Making Jack Falcone, the story of how Garcia took down a Mob family; Andrew DiDonato, ex-mobster and co-author of Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier’s Life in the Gambino Crime Family; Rick Porrello, author of To Kill an Irishman, the inspiration for the Hollywood movie, Kill the Irishman, that will premiere this March 11; and Tim Donaghy, former NBA referee and author of Personal Foul who was Crime Beat's special guest last week on February 24th.

“We are delighted to have Lewis Kasman and Joel Weissman on our program, “Chepesiuk said. “We expect to hear a lot of interesting things about Mob life and the activities of John Gotti and his crew.” Chepesiuk, the author of several true crime books, is a consultant to History Channel's Gangland documentary series.

It’s going to be a real special program,” Hryb added. “What can be more interesting than having two guests in the know talk for a couple of hours about the law and the Mob?"

For more information or to listen to the archives of Crime Beat, go to the Artist First Worldwide Radio Network at www.artistfirst.com. To contact the Crime Beat radio program for interviews, e-mail crimebeat123@yahoo.com or call 803-366-5440.

a real stand up guy
a real stand up guy

Septem ber 20, 2010

Thе man thаt thе late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti once called hіѕ “adopted son” turned rat Lewis Kasman escaped federal court wіth out a jail sentence. Kasman іn Brooklyn federal court fοr obstruction οf justice charges thаt hе pleaded guilty tο іn September οf 2007 gοt a time served verdict instead οf prison time аѕ a reward fοr hіѕ cooperation wіth thе Fed’s. Kasman supplied thе Fed’s wіth information οn thе Gambino crime family fοr over 15 years.

Kasman wаѕ caught οn hіѕ οwn wiretap tipping οff a fellow mobster tο a federal investigation whіlе working аѕ a rat fοr thе Fed’s. Hе wаѕ аlѕο caught іn 2008 fοr stealing $90,000 аftеr ripping οff another member οf thе Gambino family. Kasman wаѕ supplying thе Fed’s wіth information ѕіnсе 1995 аnd wаѕ still cooperating wіth thеm аѕ hе gave thе eulogy аt Gotti’s funeral. Kasman ѕtаrtеd wearing a wire fοr thе Fed’s іn 2005 аt thе price οf $12,000 a month. Kasman ѕауѕ hе nοt οnlу lives іn fеаr frοm thе Gambino family bυt hіѕ οwn ex-wife аlѕο аѕ ѕhе sides wіth thе people whο wanted tο kіll hіm. Kasman іѕ reportedly now living wіth hіѕ parents аnd οn food stamps.

get a job
get a job

Let me get this straight ... Kasman only has to pay his ex-wife $1 a year and he's suing his lawyer? Based on his past, and the outrageous accusations he makes, anyone with an ounce of common sense would have to seriously question his credibility. He paid for Gotti's funeral? Suu-uure he did! If he has all that money, why doesn't he move out of mom's house and help his ex-wife out by giving her, say $1.50 a year?

Ihop
Ihop

BOB NORMAN - Excellent Story!!!! What about LEWIS R. SHAFER another crooked atty in BOCA RATON.......

jad
jad

Glitters -- what a find that was! The story about the errant, overreaching judge now contains more information as to the judge’s professional & personal demeanor. Other information from various sources show that this lawyer (who would become a judge) had a dying wife during his affair with a client (which time he also somehow shared with public servant Lois Frankel), and that he would go on gambling junkets, to the Bahamas, with the then Palm Beach County State Attorney. This lawyer was also reported to have a relationship that would let him associate himself with moneys handled by Scott Rothstein (which association seems to have been related to his office connection to the Weiss-Handler law firm, off of Glades Road).

Let’s examine some of the activity of this judge, by the name of Martin H. Colin, who had many problems as a lawyer. Some of the troubles of this lawyer were that he had an outstanding 2001 debt to the IRS of over $35,000, which may or may not be related to his gambling junkets. In addition, other information came out that Martin H. Colin had 2 different properties registered with the property appraiser of which he claimed a homestead exemption (on both properties), an investment property was involved in a foreclosure by HSBC, and action had been taken by his gardener, his accountant, and a homeowner’s association accusing him of not paying money that had been due and owing. You would think that these reports would have been enough to have sanctions by the Florida bar entered against him and that such activity (involving moneys and his choice of association) would be used to remove him from the bench -- but this is the Banana Republic of South Florida, so disrespect towards a dying wife, multiple affairs, laying claim to 2 homesteads, fudging facts & figures to the IRS, money troubles, a possible gambling connection, and an association with Scott Rothstein would not have been enough.

If these allegations were not enough, there was more that should have gone against the character of this lawyer turned judge. While this judge operated as a divorce attorney, prior to being placed on the bench, his previous representation of a client (by the name of Elizabeth Savitt Gordon) somehow entitled this lawyer to a very personal, romantic relationship with that client (as reported in the June 18, 2005 Palm Beach Post article, posted by Glitters). It seems that this judge believed that this liaison gave a leeway to himself so that he could also have a personal relationship with other persons related to his amorous client -- which the judge must have determined he could do with as he pleased, including acting in a threatening manner and committing an act of assault & battery against a person who was not an adult.

The “person,” brought into the sphere because of his passionate relationship with a client, is the minor (12-year old) son of the former client, who the judge has been accused of battering (or assaulting). The child was assaulted in a water-boarding type maneuver (which the lawyer seemed to have reasoned to have been permissible because the child had wet his newspaper with a squirt gun and called the lawyer a name when the lawyer accosted the child -- making this particular child not of the caliber that could be treated with perks or given credentials for free attendance at a Super Bowl). Apparently, because this assault on a minor child was brought to light (in 2005), there would be (divorce-court) repercussions for the father of the child who was water-boarded. It seems that the father was punished in some fashion (since he was stripped of his home, his stocks & bonds, and what appears to be almost all of his assets) while, in the meantime, the lawyer/judge that had assaulted the minor when he was involved in the cozy relationship with the client, seemed to dodge a bullet, through marriage to the former client (who could have testified against him, if there were no spousal privilege with), the mother of the assaulted child.

The chief judge of the 15th judicial circuit, whose husband was a name partner in the law firm of Bogenshutz/Dutko/Kroll, is said to have written a letter to a family court judge in the 17th judicial circuit, after the incident. Thus, Chief Judge Kathleen Kroll had some form of communication with Judge Renee Goldenberg, in an active family law matter -- an action that would have crossed the county line and taken in 2 jurisdictions, which could have been and should have been investigated by the Office of Statewide Prosecution. It is not a given that this communication by the Palm Beach County Chief Judge was as horrendous as that of the Broward County Chief Judge (Victor Tobin) who contacted judges (on-the-sly), with directives in regards to the Scott Rothstein matter brought in by Stuart Rosenfeldt, which private communication (avoiding government in the sunshine rules and accessibility through public information requests) was through personal e-mail, rather than judicially putting in writing a permissible directive, in a local administrative order. Nonetheless, the communication should warrant a look-through, from top to bottom.

Jay Gordon is the person identified as the father of the 12-year old child who had been assaulted by the lawyer. First, Jay Gordon filed a report with the Delray Beach Police Department, under incident report # 05-12423, accusing the lawyer of harming his minor child, in a use of force when grabbing the child, roughly tossing the child into a pool, and holding him under water. Then, the father of the threatened & battered young child filed a complaint against the lawyer with the Florida bar. Regardless, the Florida bar complaint was not properly investigated because the lawyer had become a judge in the interim.

In my opinion, the action taken by the Florida bar is reprehensible, when examining the totality, especially in light of the fact that so many young children are turning up dead in the State of Florida because of criminal acts by friends of the family or court-sanctioned members (like the Barahona case or the most recent case being investigated after 2 dead children showed up in a Delray Beach waterway, in a suitcase and a duffle bag). The Florida bar complaint concerned an allegation that a 12-year old child had practically been water-boarded by a lawyer, and contained details of a police report on the matter. This should have been thoroughly investigated -- or, at the least, the Florida bar should have given proper direction to the entity that could take charge of the investigation. The Florida bar should have taken steps since the Florida bar is well aware that the 15th Judicial Circuit is practically as corrupt as the 17th Judicial Circuit, and the State Attorney would probably not do a proper follow through with the presentation of the matter (because of his very close associations with the accused lawyer & other mutual connections). The article in the Palm Beach Post alluded to the fact that the charge was being looked at as a possible misdemeanor, which the State Attorney (looking worse than Michael Satz, if at all possible) felt might not have to be charged at all.

The most amazing part of the article is the point made about the Florida bar. It was reported that the Florida bar refused to act. It seems that the Florida bar dummied up an excuse for why the bar would not do its duty and explain the reason for its impotence in that particular situation. The bar merely wrote to the complainant that it had to drop the ball on its investigation because the lawyer, Martin H. Colin, had been placed into the position of a judge in Palm Beach County (but did not contain any information as to which body could investigate the complaint made against a member of the Florida bar who had recently been permitted to serve as a judge). So, the Florida bar did a side-step shuffle and insinuated a lack of jurisdiction over the person that had been charged with committing a violation against a young child, while a lawyer (because his title of “esquire” had been elevated to a title of “Your Honor”). WHAT A CROCK!!!!!!!!!!

Was there a head of the circuit grievance committee in Palm Beach that had the same slimy (RICO) character as Scott Rothstein, who was head of the circuit grievance committee in Broward County? Are lying, thieving, manipulative lawyers the only type of lawyers appointed to oversee (or is it overlook) complaints made against lawyers? The Florida bar really, really s*cks!!!! Why else could a brief explanation not accompany the denial? Why did the Florida bar not make an attempt to send the complaint to the proper investigative body (for the body’s knowledge of possible acts that would lead to some form of sanction)? What is it that the Florida bar fears -- retribution from any of the lawyers over which the Florida bar sits (or a loss of moneys to fund its extracurricular functions)? What foolishness! What an absurdity!!! The Florida Constitution, at art. V, sec 8, Fla. Const, is very clear that a judge MUST be a member of the bar, and it is plain that the judge, as a member of the bar, remains within the jurisdiction of the bar’s disciplinary tentacles, per the art. V, sec. 15, Fla.Const., directive recognizing the power of Florida’s Supreme Court, and the directive of art. V, sec. 2(a), Fla.Const. (Also, see art. V, sec. 3(b), Fla.Const., for jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.)

Although there is a prohibition, in art. V, sec. 13, Fla.Const., against the practice of law, there is no prohibition in bringing a charge (or originating the complaint) before the Florida bar (which the Florida bar should have been able to transfer to the appropriate investigatory body). Remember that a lawyer already has an obligation (under an oath of allegiance) that a lawyer must “inform the appropriate professional authority” about any recalcitrant act of a lawyer, under Rule 4-8.3(a) of the rules of professional conduct of the rules regulating the Florida bar. Realize that all lawyers have knowledge of these rules and must comply with the rules (under rule 3-4.1 of the rules of discipline to know ALL of the rules of conduct for the lawyer, and under rule 1-10.1), and they also have sworn an oath to be obedient to the Florida Constitution -- so a lawyer should know what is contained in the Constitution. Read specific portions of the law, but familiarize yourself with art. V, sec. 12(a)(1), Fla.Const., that directs the JQC to follow up in an examination through, on top of other acts, a referral to the Florida bar. The direction is “discipline is defined as any or all of the following: reprimand, fine, suspension with or without pay, or lawyer discipline.” If the JQC has a way to transfer a case to the Florida bar for follow-up, why wouldn’t the Florida bar have any way of transferring a case to the JQC -- or, at the least, identify the proper procedure to the complainant??????

Art. V, sec. 12(a)(1), Fla.Const., does contain a prescription (for the JQC) that the JQC shall have jurisdiction over justices and judges regarding allegations that misconduct occurred “during term of office or otherwise”, if a complaint is made no later than one year following service. The exact constitutional instruction is “The commission shall have jurisdiction over justices and judges regarding allegations that misconduct occurred before or during service as a justice or judge if a complaint is made no later than one year following service as a justice or judge.” However, Rule 3-7.16(a), of the rules of discipline of the rules regulating the Florida bar, limits the time to that of six years from the time the offense would have occurred by the lawyer (although rule 3-7.16(c) can be depended on to toll time in certain circumstances, and rule 3-7.16(b) does grant an unlimited time period if the act of the lawyer is one of theft or one where there was a felony criminal conviction.). Since there is no time frame written in the Constitution for that given for those serving in the judiciary, it does make you wonder if a charge can be made against a judge, for a violation that occurred in the practice of law over ten or twenty years before. Nevertheless, the constitutional mandate is that the JQC has the power “to investigate and recommend the discipline of a justice or judge whose conduct, during term of office or otherwise occurring on or after November 1, 1966 (without regard to the effective date of this section), warrants such discipline.”

An ethics complaint (like the one just filed against Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti) can not be filed in the same manner against a judge because art. II, sec. 8(f), Fla.Const., does not permit filing a complaint with the Ethic’s Commission, if the Judicial Qualifications Commission holds the authority of investigating a member of the Judicial Branch. Also, even though an attorney is considered an officer of the court, that position does not have the makings to place an attorney before the art II, sec. 8(i)(3) identified Florida Commission on Ethics. See art. II, sec 8(g), Fla.Const., to understand that a lawyer does not hold the same obligations as (State employees &) nonjudicial officers.

I suppose the warning to all good people (you would understand would need to be told from the knowledge held of the lawyer getting away with the water-boarding of a young child) is that you, yourself, must know the intricacies of the law, even though you are not a lawyer -- because a lawyer is not going to advise you of those intricacies that you need to know. Moreover, it has to be admitted that, when dealing with a lawyer, the need for you, yourself, to know the law has become essential because the policing agency of the lawyer, the Florida bar, is prone to shirk the responsibility, when it comes to helping a person whose child has been assaulted by one of their own membership.

The d*mn Florida bar seems so worthless. What does it do? What is it supposed to do? Is all that it does is protect lawyers against other persons who are not lawyers? Is that why the Florida bar permits its dues-paying members to violate the Florida Constitution, at art. II, sec. 5(a), Fla.Const.? Does the Florida bar believe that its actions, in regards to haphazardly policing its membership, are not that treacherous? The Florida bar is not meaningless, but has morphed into a dangerous entity that openly allows a violation of the separate branches of government, that Florida’s Constitution forbids at art. II, sec. 3, Fla.Const. Now, it seems that the Florida bar no longer cares to pretend that it does a body good. What a thieving, conniving group! How dare this entity act with such nonchalance when any one or more of the people are being violated! This agency is supposed to stand for the law and the integrity of its membership -- NOT diminish the law and protect the dirty deeds of its membership! This Florida bar makes all lawyers appear dirty, which is a shame for those who are honest & obedient to their oath of allegiance (to adhere to the federal and State Constitutions, among other honorable declarations).

Florida bar, you have indeed shown yourself to be of ignoble character. To ignore the complaint of the water-boarding of a young child is an egregious act. What does a person have to do to protect his or her young child from deliberate abuses instigated by lawyers?

You know, until now, I could see no need to move lawyers under the tutelage of the Department of Professional Regulations, as some people have been demanding. I thought that it was appropriate that lawyers deserved residence in the Judicial Branch, where only a lawyer (as a member of the judiciary) could hold judicial office, as an officer of the court (in the Judicial Branch, doing away with the need to constantly verify the veracity of pleadings or supply affidavits attesting to the good faith and truthfulness, as demanded of pro se litigants in rules, such as 1.030, Fla.R.Civ.P., 3.080, Fla.R.Crim.P., or 6.380, of the Traffic Court Rules, because of a lawyer’s continuing pledge to tell the truth founded in the Loyalty Oath). But, maybe it’s about time that lawyers must have every pleading submitted notarized, wherein lawyers would be stripped of their recognition under an oath of righteousness, which has been so sorely abused. It just may be that lawyers should be regulated (as other business professionals), since lawyers belonging to the Florida bar don’t seem to know that much about justice and fair play.

Of course, if this happens, that means that lawyers no longer belong to the Judicial Branch and are not to be considered officers of the court. So, I suppose that just about anybody should be able to run for a judgeship, if lawyers are regulated under business regulations. If this does not happen today, then the Florida bar should investigate why it permits lawyers to violate the Separation of Powers Doctrine and why certain lawyers have been surreptitiously given a right to violate that prohibition of art. II, sec. 5(a), Fla.Const., holding of 2 offices, at the same time. The Florida bar can start with the county commissioners & city commissioners in Broward County, until the whole insipid & odious lot have been removed from the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch. So -- Florida bar -- you can dissolve yourself or correct your inadequacies -- Either properly investigate your membership and correct these violations of Florida’s Constitution or help in amending the Florida Constitution so that lawyers are no longer regarded as special persons, with rights over and above those held by the rest of those citizens of equal stature.

KASMANS NIGHTMARE
KASMANS NIGHTMARE

HEY KASMAN YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE. YOU'RE A LYING PIECE OF GARBAGE. STEP OUT OF THAT COUNTRY CLUB YOU'RE HIDING IN. YOU NEED TO ATTACK RODERMAN BECAUSE THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE LEFT. AND BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD PAY SOME OF YOUR BILLS.

Tits
Tits

Reputation? Barry Roderman is a FRAUD and FAKE....... LOOK into his associates and you will see.....

JEDGAR
JEDGAR

Hey Barry --- What about your STRIP CLUBS and the being a FRONT for the MOB!!!

Angel Gotti
Angel Gotti

Judas!!!!!!! Getting what you deserve!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

In Sum
In Sum

Let me try to understand this story: This dipshit's lawyer issues a serious beat down to his ex-wife in the divorce case ( $1 a year in alimony! ) and he is complaining? The poor guy even had to make out with the porky lawyer on the other side in the process... and now this ex-mafioso, turned rat, perjurer is suing his lawyer. He is also mad at the lawyer on the other side because she lost at trial and left his ex-wife destitute. WTF.

What a moron.

Angel Gotti
Angel Gotti

Judas!!! lol lol Getting what you deserve! hahahahahaha

Jay98
Jay98

I looked at the DOC sheets - I see where LEWIS KASMAN has also filed against Boca Raton atty LEWIS R. SHAFER for Legal Malpractice and Fraud..... Alleging SHAFER took his girlfriend to NY for depo's and billed KASMAN for same. Further, SHAFER consulted with Henry B. Handler in his Divorce and FAILED to advise KASMAN. Shafer's "DOM" is a mess -- Domestic Violence etc etc. WIFE was reped by Jonathan S. Root a Handler cronie and close to dirty corrupt Judge Martin H. Colin. See the 4th DCA in BAEZ..... ALL about ROOT and COLIN..... Along with BETSY SAVITT - Colin's NOW wife!!

Courts
Courts

I cannot wait for the trial to start -- Keep me posted....

Thurgood
Thurgood

And Roderman did NOT no of the WEISS HANDLER CONFLICTS with Judge Martin H. Colin? Colin and Handler very Cozy. Handler reped Betsy Savitt ( Judges G-F NOW wife) Roderman you alive? You claim in your words to be so "CLOSE" to the Weiss Handler Firm. Roderman have you ever heard of the BAEZ DECISION - 4th DCA? Read it! Mr. Atty., of 40 years..... Weiss Handler employed Kelly Dellasalia Judge Colin's Secy. Handler answered Colin's law office tele ---- Roderman your the LIAR! FRAUD & CHEAT... You got caught Roderman ---- Confess your terrible sins.... You stayed QUIET while Colin jailed your then client Kasman - WITHOUT a WRITTEN ORDER of the predessor Court. Kartagener is the sick pathlogicial LIAR. NOT Mr. KASMAN.... Kartagener LIED and LIED and YOU BARRY RODERMAN AGREED. Let's ask famed atty Joel M. Weissman? Roderman your a disgrace to the Court. Kartagener will be disbarred! Along with "Little" Henry B. Handler. ---- Ms. Kasman has "FIRED" Weiss Handler ----- It's only just started. Save that "LEWINSKY BLUE DRESS" for DNA.......

Alan Sleepy
Alan Sleepy

Roderman is a terrible atty - "40 years" of cheating and fraud.... Time to Pay up.... Should be a wonderful trial! I will be there.... Hope ALL the PRESS show! Will he Tongue Kartagener AGAIN??? OMG ---- With the BLUE LEWINSKY DRESS ON....... Bring in the dogs -- PBSO chided the Judge.....

twas
twas

Whoa! Can't add anything to that, but this just in! Hollywood now in the "bush busting business". Thats right, if they don't like how your bushes look ( and I mean the ones that circle your yard) code enforcement gonna come a knocking. New horizons, the Hollywood newsletter just reported the new regulations approved by Hollywood commissioners and they are serious. They talk about a triangle and I guess you can't argue about that, but I thought they might be a little more concerned about all the "bald" yards in front of all the forclosures. Red lights and bushy bushes it's getting sexy in Hollyhood!

anonymous
anonymous

These corrupt judges have to be feared. The lawyers, too, because there is nothing stopping them from stealing and jailing people. Most of them are freaks.

Guest
Guest

Found this artilce on Kasman.....If he was burned, consider it rough justice!

Ex-Gotti pal turned FBI snitch Lewis Kasman skirts jailBY JOHN MARZULLIDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERThursday, September 16, 2010John Gotti's turncoat "adopted son" was rewarded for snitching on the Gambino crime family by a federal judge who spared the mob rat a single day behind bars.

Former millionaire garment executive Lewis Kasman sat slumped in his chair with a sad-sack look Thursday despite dodging an 11-year racketeering and fraud term.

The once-trusted member of the late mob boss' inner circle knew his get-out-of-jail-free card came with a heavy price.

"For the rest of his life, incarcerated or not, the defendant will never be free," said Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

Kasman, 53, was sentenced to probation as payment for his top secret work as an FBI informant embedded deep in the crime family's ranks - and inside Gotti's own family, too.

Lewis Kasman at Brooklyn Federal Court for his sentencing in front of Judge… (Ward for News)After flipping in 1996, Kasman wore a wire to record 130 tapes with top mobsters, Gotti's widow and her daughter Victoria - even as he was eulogizing the "Dapper Don" at a 2002 funeral.

He passed along information about plots to kill the warden at Gotti's prison and harm former Daily News reporter Jerry Capeci.

Defense lawyer Michael Gold cited his client's "complex and contradictory" career path.

In the charismatic Gotti, Kasman found a missing father figure - even calling himself the mob boss' "adopted son," Gold said.

Gotti's flesh-and-blood daughter, Angela, didn't buy the psychobabble.

She rolled her eyes and shook her head inside the courtroom and ripped Kasman once outside.

"He's a piece of s---," Gotti's eldest daughter said. "Somebody's got all my father's money. He [Kasman] was the one holding it."

jmarzull@nydailynews.com

Guest
Guest

Googled Judge artin Colin...Look what I found:Saturday, June 18, 2005Another questionable judge Judge Martin Colin is the second Palm Beach County Judge in the last two months to be accused of assault and or battery. Two months ago Judge Lucy Chernow Brown was accused of assaulting a court baliff. No charges were filed in the end.

In this case Judge Colin is being accused of holding a 12-year-old boy's head under water after the boy shot a newsaper he was reading with a water pistol. There are several other twists to this story. The boy is the son of a woman the Judge is dating and who he represented less than a year ago in her divorce with her now ex-husband. The ex-husband Jay Gordon is one who took his son to Delray Beach police where the boy filed a criminal complaint.

All seems a little cozy. This judge involved with a former client. Probably happens all the time but you have to wonder if this started when he was representing Elizabeth Savitt. There is a great deal of personal involvement in this story which leaves me wondering whether this man should even be on the bench.

The entire Palm Beach Post story can be found at- http://www.palmbeachpost.com/l...

Judge investigated over incident with girlfriend's sonBy John PacentiPalm Beach Post Staff WriterSaturday, June 18, 2005

What started off as seeming pool-side shenanigans on Mother's Day has escalated into a police investigation of a Palm Beach County circuit judge.

Judge Martin Colin is accused of holding his girlfriend's 12-year-old son underwater for up to 10 seconds after the boy squirted the newspaper Colin was reading with a water pistol, according to a police report.

The Delray Police Department has forwarded the case to State Attorney Barry Krischer's office for a determination on whether Colin should be charged with misdemeanor battery.

Colin's attorney, Scott Richardson, said Colin did nothing wrong to the child and that the judge is being victimized by the boy's father.

Jay Gordon, the ex-husband of Elizabeth Savitt, took his son to the police department on May 10 to file a complaint against Colin.

The episode is the latest twist in the Gordon-Savitt split. Colin, before becoming a judge, represented Savitt in the divorce. After the divorce, they became romantically involved. Colin had continued to represent her in child-custody matters.

Gordon complained to the Florida Bar. But it ended its investigation last year, saying it no longer had jurisdiction because Colin had been elected judge. After 30 years as a lawyer, he became a family court judge in January.

Last fall, Judge Jeffrey Colbath chastised Colin for using the court system to "intimidate and bully Mr. Gordon." In December, Gordon was sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating an order limiting contact with his ex-wife.

"I had no chance in the system with Martin Colin," Gordon said. "I'm playing on his field with his ball with his rules."

On May 8, Colin, Savitt, her son and others gathered at a friend's house to eat and swim. The boy told police he had soaked Colin's newspaper as a joke.

Colin then entered the pool and picked him up "with his face towards the sky, like a baby cradle." The boy said he told Colin, "Get the (expletive) off me," and that Colin "threw him into the water and he landed on his side, which hurt his ear," according to the police report.

The boy said he cursed at Colin after the judge insulted his father — and that's when Colin dunked him. The boy's 13-year-old friend corroborated his account, according to the police report.

Colin declined to give a statement to police. Savitt told police she did not see what happened but felt Colin did not do anything inappropriate.

Gordon said he plans to file a complaint with the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which disciplines judges.

posted by The Florida Masochist at 6/18/2005 12:18:00 PM

Bill
Bill

Wait till KASMAN deposes Roderman, Handler & Dear ole Kartagener....... With that Monica Lewinsky "DRESS" on. Are stains in the same spot??? Ask Barry G?

Henry
Henry

What about the CROOKED JUDGE MARTIN COLIN - Was he removed by the "JQC" ----

Guest
Guest

I'll bet Mrs. Krasman lived pretty good once. That was then and this is now. Get your resume updated. Go to careerbuilders.com pound the pavement and welcome to the real world. Work!

Carol
Carol

40 years as a FRAUD - BARRY G. RODERMAN - A LIAR and CHEAT!

Eiky
Eiky

The wife's atty HENRY HANDLER & CAROL KARTAGENER along with CPA MICHAEL S. KRIDEL took OVER $600,000 from her. Leaving her broke and destitude. WEISS HANDLER et al are corrupt and crooks... Kasman got $1.00 a year in Alimony. Ms. Kasman "FIRED" WEISS HANDLER recently and is filing CRIMINAL AND CIVIL charges against Henry B. Handler, Carol A. Kartagener and CROOKED CPA MICHAEL KRIDEL...

Guest
Guest

I think Kasman should make Roderman an offer he can't refuse. Actually I think they're all full of it and this lawsuit will be a wash. These are Bad people!

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

PUH-LEEZ! If Kasman's ex-wife is destitute, then why doesn't he cough up some money to assist her? ( oh wait, he's "destitute") Why didn't he limit Roderman in time/litigation efforts?Frankly, I think he's full of it.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

"Tongue down her mouth" - he was probably trying to get a donut.

Hymie
Hymie

Roderman worried about his so called reputation --- IN TATTERS BUDDIE! More coming out SOON!! ---

Ryan
Ryan

It is sooo obvious - Roderman has such a high opinion of his "FRIEND" Carol Kartagener.... Guess they do indeed "SHARE" it all..... Roderman must pay for his indescretions along with Weiss Handler Associate Carol Kartagener.

Florida Bar Wake up!!

Harry Putz
Harry Putz

This is typical Barry Roderman - A LIAR AND CHEAT! Get em Mr Kasman! If anyone can you can. Get the FEDS to investigate Roderman and his undisclosed ownership in various strip clubs. With so called Gangsters. Roderman was feeding the "badguys" plenty of info about Kasman - I am sure! Roderman is a EVIL UNETHICAL LAWYER!

Spanky
Spanky

Tell us MORE about Roderman and Kartagener!

Putzie
Putzie

Nice to see Judge Colin's wife BETSY SAVITT reply on here! Keep Marty out of the DOG TRACK and PAY your bills!!

Jedgar
Jedgar

Nice to See Barry Roderman comment --- Very professional..... Roderman & Shafer deserve to be sued. They malpracticed!

Phil
Phil

JAD is mentally ill and a loser like JG.

DUMB BARRY G
DUMB BARRY G

More like RODERMANS NIGHTMARE ----- Kartagener "OVER LITIGATED" said Roderman --- Wait til Roderman is deposed and on the stand. Obstruction of Justice, Tampering with a Federal Witness and more...... Keep talking...... How's those STRIP CLUBS - Mr. Barry - Where are you hiding the CASH?? Did you "SKIM" Mr. Faresse? Of course you did ---- The more Rodermans talks - the MORE one see's how stupid he truly is.... Keep Talking Barry G........

anonymous
anonymous

who's going to get these thieves? The corrupt judges? The thieving lawyers? There are no Florida Bar and JQC actions coming down. Those organizations have to be disbarred themselves. It is an illusion, folks, and there is way more corruption in the courts and with the attorneys than you will ever find on the street.

Cocoblu
Cocoblu

In Sum has made the most sensible blog to date about this scum Kasman; and WTF is appropriate, what the hell is wrong with this moron Kasman?? Sounds like he's the one trying to pull off a fraud on the system!!

PBC
PBC

TRIAL SHOULD BE THE BEST IN PALM BEACH- EXPOSE the CORRUPTION & CASE FIXING BY RODERMAN, WEISS, HANDLER, BERGER & KARTAGENER.

Let's see what Michael S. Kridel - CPA has to say...... It was Bill Berger that was the "bagman" for Scott Rothstein in PBC --- Just ask Judge Diana Lewis - received approx $2000.00 from Rothstein via Bill Berger. Berger now employed by Weiss Handler et al., Was there proper disclousre when Handler and or his Associates appeared before Judge Bill Berger? Posted soon..... NONE!

Mr. Kasman is the hope to expose the CORRUPTION and CASE FIXING in this 15th.

Where is the State Atty? His wife is Judge Robin Rosenberg.....

Where is the FLORIDA BAR? No where......

Where is the JQC? No where......

Surely the FEDS are monitoring this situation.........

Cocoblu
Cocoblu

Cannot believe that this known criminal Kasman is getting air time trying to hurt good people. This guy is a very sick sociopath that needs to be locked away.Where is the justice in all this? Barry Roderman is an honorable man, along with the judge and others all caught up in Kasmans web

Adele
Adele

Disgrace? You're a disgrace. Go back and get your education. It may be too late.

Howdy
Howdy

Its time for Barry Roderman, Lewis Shafer and Carol Kartagener to PAY and PAY~!

Jedgar
Jedgar

Looking forward to the trial. To SEE RODERMAN scream and hollar. What about RODERMANS UNDISCLOSED OWNER SHIP IN SOME MOB STRIP CLUBS???? What will his "clients" say?

What will the FEDS say?

Doody
Doody

It's time for you to stop being a scumbag.

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