Is Sheriff Lamberti's Administration Crumbling?

Last week was a momentous one for Sheriff Al Lamberti.

Lamberti's director of law enforcement, Col. Rick Frey, rather abruptly retired. And then in a late-hour Friday news bomb, it was announced that Lamberti had fired Larry Strain, BSO's director of purchasing, and suspended (with pay) John Curry, the agency's Executive Director of Administration.

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With the shake-up at BSO right now, Lamberti, left, doesn't have much time for golf
​Overall the effect is like a wrecking ball hitting a corner of the sheriff's management structure.

So what's really going on? That's where it gets tricky. Nobody wants to say anything of any substance officially. In the news release, Lamberti said he fired Strain "due to a loss of confidence." The press release continues: "Later, some other circumstances surfaced that we are investigating."

So first Lamberti lost confidence in Strain, who had overseen millions in taxpayers' money, and then found cause to investigate him. I'm told by an official BSO source that Curry -- who was replaced on an interim basis with BSO Director Wiley Thompson (who ran against Lamberti in 2008) -- was suspended because he refused to cooperate in the investigation involving Strain.

Understandably, with another big shake-up, comes another round of rumors. It's a hornets nest at BSO -- what Frey called the worst morale he'd seen in 33 years at the agency. One rumor say Strain-Curry investigation involves the Super Bowl investigation, another that it's about the sheriff's health controversial consulting contract with Edify, the firm formerly co-owned and backed by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. Still another says the Strain firing had to do with the BSO police car contract with Maroone Ford initiated by Maroone manager Michael Albetta, a Democratic operative who has backed Lamberti, a Republican, in Democratic circles.

They're all rumors at this point. Another is that FBI agents were in the building yesterday (I was told this by a source inside BSO). An official sheriff's source confirmed an FBI agent was in the building but said the agent was only working in a joint venture with Al LaManna, the former FBI agent now heading BSO's public corruption unit.

It's impossible to know what to believe at this point, but I'm digging into it now.

Inside, see how far suspended attorney Hank Adorno has fallen since his glory days. This is a guy that used to get press like most lawyers could only dream about.

The following are high-lights from a Miami Herald feature on Adorno -- whose firm, Adorno & Yoss has crashed and burned -- that was published on February 19, 1988.

It's got some interesting tidbits, including the fact that Hank Adorno was born Enrique Nissim Sabina in Havana and Americanized the name after his mother moved to Brooklyn (his stepfather's last name was Adorno). He got his start as a prosecutor in Janet Reno's office before becoming a defense attorney and was tied in with the Cuban power structure in Miami, representing not only Jorge Mas Canosa but also accused anti-Castro terrorists Rolando Otero and Orlando Bosch.

The article:

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There have always been big ones. The case against five Metro cops charged with killing Arthur McDuffie -- that led to the 1980 riots. The bombing case against Rolando Otero when he got E. Howard Hunt to testify. The $1 million scam at Flagler Dog Track.

There was the guy who beat his pal 24 times with a hammer and then offered the dead man a bowl of cereal. The sentence was 133 years. Peter Rosier, the Fort Myers pathologist accused of giving his cancer-ridden wife a lethal injection. Conviction of a Coral Gables cop killer.

Hank Adorno calls these his "high-profile cases." Star makers.

Even with those already under his alligator belt, Adorno's profile has never been higher.

... Last Tuesday the phone rang at home at 7 a.m. After 11 years, Orlando Bosch was coming back to Miami in four hours. His attorney: Hank Adorno.

"On a roll," says Adorno.

Adorno, former chief assistant state attorney under Janet Reno, is one of Dade's hottest lawyers. A wave maker who turned 40 on Dec. 14, he is at the prime of a career already smoking from dozens of cases most lawyers never get a whiff of.

"Formidable talent," says Ira Dubitsky, a former Dade circuit judge. In 1976, Dubitsky put Adorno in jail for contempt. Adorno refused to talk to a defense attorney about a settlement in a drug overdose case.

"He didn't want to be told what to do by me. He put me in a position where I had to assert myself," says Dubitsky. "A little bit of a hothead in the old days." The judge later vacated his order.

"Aggressive, pushy," says Lothar Genge, head of the Fort Lauderdale field office of the U.S. Justice Department organized crime and racketeering strike force. Genge lost a 1985 case against Adorno.

"If I have any further cases with Mr. Adorno, everything would be documented in writing. I would have no other dealings with him," says Genge.

"A stage presence without question," says lawyer Ed Carhart, one of those who beat Adorno in the McDuffie case. Carhart said if he were casting a movie, "I would cast Hank as the prosecutor."

"A very vigorous prosecutor," says one-time boss Reno.

Adorno on Adorno: "I will not be out-prepared. I don't ever wing it. Any lawyer who does is a fool. It is preparation and skill, not antics. Every one of us can be beaten, but I will not be out-prepared."

Adorno's legal reputation began to crackle in the mid- 1970s. Then-State Attorney Richard Gerstein assigned him to major crimes and terrorism cases. Adorno was 28.

"I got pretty much of everything in Gerstein's office. It was the right time. I had all of them," he says.

In October 1976, Adorno went to Caracas as part of the case against accused airport bomber Rolando Otero. Otero later got 40 years after Adorno tried the case. Also in jail in Venezuela was Bosch, then accused of blowing up a Cuban airliner off Barbados.

Adorno will not reveal if this was how he came to know Bosch. Adorno quit the state attorney's office in 1980. Today, instead of prosecuting cases like Bosch, he is defending one.

His link to Bosch came when he was "contacted by the family" living in Miami, he says. ...

Adorno, whose favorite speech was given by Maj. Gen. George S. Patton, looks back on public service: "Those were the best days."

He rates himself impulsive, conservative, pro law and order, pro police. He does not say he will never return.

"I would think about it. If I had any brains, no. It's a fishbowl."

He was born Enrique Nissim Sabina in Havana. His mother, Rosa, divorced his father and left the island in 1956. She married his stepfather, Anthony Adorno, and after living in Brooklyn where Enrique became Henry, the family came to Miami. Adorno went to Kensington Park Elementary, Citrus Grove Junior High and Miami High.

An avid Gator fan, he graduated from the University of Florida and Florida Law School. ...

Although his "Spanish is improving rapidly," he says most of his colleagues think he's Italian.

Adorno looks good. He stands 6 feet 1. He wears a size 40 long suit, usually with a designer label, and has a 34-inch waist. He has not gained five pounds since he left law school. He once sported a vest pocket watch and gold collar pin but says, "As I get older, clothes mean less and less to me."

His courtroom presence is legendary. He loves to close a case. As a prosecutor, one trick was to get the jury to watch a clock, counting down the seconds it took for a victim to die.

In 1977, while picking a jury, Adorno was attracted by the presence of Kay Derr, a potential juror. He excused her but sent a television cameraman to get her telephone number. The two were later married, he for the second time. That marriage ended after Kelly, now 8, was born.

Nearly six years ago, Adorno and Cathy Buckner were married. The couple has six kids: Sean, 16, Josh, 14, and Rachel, 13, from her first marriage; Kelly from Adorno's second; and two of their own, Samantha, 3, and Zachery, 14 months.

They live in a $197,357, four-bedroom, four-bath home with a pool and tennis courts in Pinecrest, off Old Cutler Road. They have a summer home at Hound Ears near Boone, N.C.

In Miami, Adorno likes to get up at 6 a.m. and work in the garden. Sundays are reserved for the family.

When he left the state attorney's office in late 1980, Adorno became a partner in the downtown Miami law firm of Thomson & Paul. His chief assistant's salary of around $60,000 doubled to more than $120,000.

Later, the firm became Thomson, Zeder, Bohrer, Werth, Adorno and Razook. As a partner, he could bill clients as much as $200 an hour.

In 1985, U.S. District Judge C. Clyde Atkins sanctioned the firm, saying one aspect of a case was frivolous. Adorno represented Norton Tire in a suit accusing Tire Kingdom of Lake Park of false advertising and antitrust violations. When Adorno withdrew one count after a year of litigation, the judge issued sanctions that held the firm liable for costs. ...

In December 1986, at age 39, Adorno started his own firm in the Grove. There were three lawyers. Fourteen months later there are 14 lawyers, including longtime alter ego, George Yoss, who was also Reno's chief assistant.

Today, Adorno spends most of his working hours out of the courtroom.

"I spend most of my time running the law firm. This is a little business, a little corporation." His office is filled with wooden antiques, mostly English, that he and his wife favor.

Adorno sees himself and the firm he has created as able to "bridge the gap between the Cuban community and the Non-Group. I was part of the downtown power structure but my roots, my family is part of the Cuban community.

"This is an exciting town. It is open to anybody."

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jameniks
jameniks

Really,The lamberti law is very cool.I like this john curry director law instruction.This one is very nice tips to company and new boss to understand the law.

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Tackleberry
Tackleberry

I worked with Lamberti back from day 1 - the jail. Once a dirty slug, always a dirty slug. He was always a DFG - destined for greatness. I also worked for Frey. That poor sucker always got himself in the worst situations trying to get in good with the powers that be. As soon as I could, I retired. I wanted to be a Deputy, not a politician. Those guys stayed and didn't learn their lessons. I predict Lamberti will go down in the same reign of fire as Jenne did. You can't be a lying, scheming thieving slug for almost 34 years and not have it catch up with you eventually. Time to pay the piper, Al. I am so glad I never hitched my wagon to your star.

Anyone
Anyone

So, now with the shakeup at BSO does this clear the way for Al's boy Major Colonel R.R. to be promoted to the #2 spot?

Also heard an opinion that once R.R's divorce from the late C.B. is final it could also open doors for their team-up in political activity with the Major's big bucks on hand...

Dawnmh66
Dawnmh66

Seems to me the shake up is do to "All of the Above" box checked.... at least "something" is beginning to change @ BSO as opposed to the endless "nothing" changing.....

Guest
Guest

HELP SAVE AMERICA! DON'T VOTE FOR LAWYERS!

Bo Phillips
Bo Phillips

This Lamberti clown is a true corrupt piece of crap. I'm with the previous poster and let's oust this bag of crap. And by the way, what ever happened to Lambertis' side kick named Benjamin. Piss on them both.....

Guest
Guest

This article should be titled: Another Half-Truth Story About the Sheriff Provided By Bob Norman Who Gets His Information From Disgruntled Employees.

Bob, READ WHAT YOU WROTE! You have no facts, just rumors....heard you were invited to the BSO awards ceremony last week but could not bring yourself to do a story on anything positive about BSO.

Citizensriseup
Citizensriseup

As a resident of Broward County for over 30 years and a retired Law Enforcement Officer I am appalled by the lack of confidence I have in my Sheriff's Office. I say it mine because the largest item on my tax bill oes to public safety. The corruption in this agency is evident more today then ever before. Not that I was a big fan of Ken Jenne but you knew who was in charge of the largest accrediated agency in the US. Al is not a leader I have worked with him in past on issues and I have never been impressed. He surrounded himself with a bunch of Rothstein fans which in my opinion should of cost him to be fired. He knowingly took campaign money funneled through his good friend Dave Benjamin who was made a LT over night due to the large sums of money he obtained for Al.The US Justice Department needs to complete a through investigation into the entire organization and start arresting some of the criminals that are running this fine agency into the ground. I lost fait in BSO and as a tax payer and resident I am appalled by the behaviors and practices of this agency. It starts at the top and what we have at the top are a bunch of imorale, unethical and illegal non leaders who are useing there positions to obtain Super Bowel Tickets, Great deals on personal vehicles, Private Jets and plenty of favors.

This has to stop. I urge a recall election against the Sheriff. The citizens of Broward County need to rise up and put a stop to this once and for all. It does not matter what party you are with. When you call 911 you should care if the Sheriff is a Republican or Democrat. What you need to care about is are you confident in the leader of YOUR Sheriff's Office??

Guest
Guest

And...Lambirty has hired Ex-Cooper City Commissioner Neal de Jesus, who screwed up that town!

anonymous
anonymous

Most lawyers are the same. No skills but the ability to get in the middle of someone else's problems and then capitalize on that. They require you pay them 100% of their fees, and they only give you a 50% chance of winning your case. It's extortion, I'd rather deal with the mob.

parkland man
parkland man

What’s the difference between a lawyer and an onion? You cry when you cut up an onion.

parkland man
parkland man

How do you get a lawyer out of a tree? Cut the rope.

parkland man
parkland man

How do you get a lawyer out of a tree? Cut the rope.

parkland man
parkland man

The first lawyer questioning a panel of prospective jurors began right off as an intimidating showman. When he came to his question, “Do any of you here today dislike lawyers?” they stiffened and hesitated. Before the pause became too long, the judge announced, “I do.”

parkland man
parkland man

A person is in the hospital and asked his doctor how much time does he have left to live. The doctor did not want to lie so he told him that he wouldn’t make it through the night. So the person calls for his lawyer and asks him to come and sit by his bed. Right before the person dies, the lawyer asks him why did he want him next to him. The dying person replied, “When Jesus died, he had a thief next to him and I want to go the same way.”

parkland man
parkland man

A guy walks into a post office one day to see a middle-aged, balding man standing at the counter methodically placing “Love” stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them. He then takes out a perfume bottle and starts spraying scent all over them. His curiosity getting the better of him, he goes up to the balding man and asks him what he is doing. The man says “I m sending out 1,000 Valentine cards signed, Guess who? But why?” asks the man. “I m a divorce lawyer,” the man replies.

parkland man
parkland man

If two lawyers were drowning, and you could only save one of them, would you read the paper or go to lunch?

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Lamberti is obviously feeling the strain (or maybe not after Friday) and wants to curry favor with the voters with these firings. Quite frankly I am more interested in the progress or lack thereof in the Ryan LeVin case. It's over two years since that no-good junkie mowed down the two British tourists on Ft Lauderdale Beach. The wheels of a Porsche may move very fast but the wheels of justice move very slowly for the rich.

Parkland man
Parkland man

I know many of you wonder how I came to hate dirtbag lawyers so much, besides the fact that they do no good for society, they also do much harm. in my late 30's I came to terms with being gay, after I did that my then wife soon to be ex crackhead and her lawyer attacked me over a period of 3 years, ruining my reputaion and draining my finaces, all because of my decision to finally live my life the way I wanted. Her dirtbag lawyer was nothing but a tool to destroy me bevcause I had the nerve to admit I was a gay man. Do not despair, I have rebuilt my fortune and now live happily in wonderful Parkland with someone I truely love and who loves me. Our society would be so much better off if lawyers were outlawed, you know the saying... "first we kill all the ...."

Parkland man
Parkland man

Ok here's how it is I love the Feds I like Bso and I fn hate lawyers.the Feds and Bso don't like lawyers either trust me I know.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Lawyers are falling like the rain around here and they got it coming,I think it's great think about it,who do they think they are going around at stealing money from companys,look at rothstiens partner saying we had such a good thing,what good thing does he mean he didn't have to work hard and build a real company that you can be proud of,oh no he was talking about the easy life kinda like drug dealers very little work and lots of money,just stealing and being a pain in the ass to company's to get some free money,and now it's all over and I think lots more rra shitbirds are going to go to jail and come out broke. Bull ya!

Parkland man
Parkland man

That dirty lawyer is getting murdered lol he's all done more shitbirds lawyers done the drain how sweet it is,mabey his wife can make a little cash on the street and work with kimmie,remember cream always comes to the top,let's just hope he gets some jail time also I really think lawyers are the biggest pics of shit that has ever walked on earth,look at what there trying to do to Walmart,steal a billion dollars on a little red tape,I don't even go to walmart but I fell bad for them lawyers are always trying to steal money from Them,google walmart lawsuits it's unreal,next week I'm going to start a buinesse to put lawyers out of buinesse.the whole world hates lawyers,the Feds didn't even warm up yet on rra,it's funny how there all sorry and broke put them away Feds there no good.

Guest
Guest

I've known Rick Frey for about thirty years, we went through some difficult times with BSO, changes in administration and Sheriff's are always difficult. Think about it, you work for a company for X amount of years and one day you get a new boss, which isn't all that bad, but then the new boss brings in his ol' buddies ( they alwats do, Isreal would be no different) and now guys that had been sitting in a closet for the past few years, think they are great administrators! They think because someone, who won an election ( no background,intelligence or experience required, see: Jenne) bestows upon his buddies rank and tittles! Now those that could not get hired with their resume anywhere else are now roaming the halls of BSO trying to look like they know what they are doing and before long they decided they better " do something, anything " before people catch on that they are incompetant and worse, complete morons. Next they align themselves with those, whoever are loyal to the sheriff and you get " The Emperor's New Clothes, Part Two", hey it happens, find a loyal democrate that doesn't think Obama is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Anyway, the point is this, at BSO we had some reaaaaalllllllllllll challenging times, each sheriff brought in flunkies, Cochran, Ken Felon, Navarro, Brescher ( probably the nicest of the bunch)Butterworth and whoever will be next. But for Frey to say it is the worst he has seen says alot. I know many great,loyal and dedicated people at BSO, you'll never hear about them, good or bad as they just come to work, do their jobs and go home, don't get involved with the BS or look for glory, I hope they all stay safe and that the ship, called BSO get's righted, and quick! Sorry, don't have spellcheck and I got fat fingers.........

Dahunny11
Dahunny11

New chatter from source inside BSO is that papers were served today by the FBI. Any truth to this Bob?

Dahunny11
Dahunny11

It looks as if everbody is lawyering up, Bob. Not sure how much more digging you can do, but your a pretty resilent man, Mr. Norman. My sources are telling me you can hear a pin drop inside the public safety building.

anonamoose
anonamoose

If you really think you are anon on the intarwebs, you are fool. Keep telling violent jokes...someone is noticing.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Gong show material, at its worst.Time to ring that gong.

InsideEdition
InsideEdition

My guess is that Lambirti needs to pay back the bigwigs and others that supported him in the last electionand the one comming up. He is already raising money. He needs to use the purchasing department to conduct business with them. Strain did not want the purchasing dept. to be used as a spring for monetary payback via government contract and purchasing to help Lambirti stay in office. So in Machiavelian fashion Lambirti had to get rid of him. Strain is now stained. He may have been stained in the past as well and Lambirti held this over his head and Strain still didn't budge. Well he just had to go then.

Now with Curry its a similar situation. He didn't want to move Lambirtis boys up the ladder. He was telling Lambirti that there were more qualified people. But in Lambirtis mind those people were not politically for him or were neutral. So Lambirti had to get him out of that position. Lambirti has "buffers" like in the Godfather movies. So Curry and Strain will never be able to say Lambirti told me this or that.

Nucky; Of all the bloggers except for a few others like GF3 you should be able to read between the lines. Look at who was fired. It was the guys that controlled the government largess and who could dole up the goodies. Yes this stinks and its called politics. The question is will the mainstream press ever start exploiting the story. The guys who are gone my have their own skeletons and will just shut up. But belive me there are others that know what is about to go down. The press needs to look at his donor list and then who gets the goodies. We already know that Lambirti deals in quid pro quo. Look how he appointed the general counsel. Rothstein gave him campaign contributions and He appointed Rothsteins pick for General Counsel.

Al if you read this remember one thing. Power is addicting. But at the end of the day all you do is serve the interest of the people who contributed to your campaign. Understand that they get fat and all you ever get is your losey salary. They are pigs and your their tool. When the ride is over they won't even call you.

Windsome Lad
Windsome Lad

I fully support Parkland man, not because I believe all lawyers are road-kill (They are not.) but because he does one thing, lawyer-bashing, and he does it well. And, although the attribution was missing, he can quote Shakespere. Remember, there is a pedant born every minute and we are worth exactly what you pay us. “King Henry The Sixth,” Part 2, Act 4, scene 2, 71–78.

As they say, “If you can’t do it, teach it.”

parkland man
parkland man

Hey you should use the name parkland girl parkland man is taken,are you a cross dresser also nice try jerkoff the real parkland man

parkland man
parkland man

NIce try that's not me mabey your a gay lawyer,come out of the closet dont hide and lie like lawyers,be a man and you will never be the parkland man ah

csharplaw
csharplaw

So I guess if one black person treated you poorly you would hate all black people? I'm sorry you were persecuted for being gay.......they should have persecuted you for being a small minded bigot. Having been a discrimination lawyer for over 15 years, it never ceases to amaze me how hypocritical people are when it comes to these issues.......I guess if its okay for you to hate all lawyers based on a single experience, it was probably okay for your ex and her lawyer to go after you because they might have had a negative experience with someone who is gay. Maybe there is a place for someone like you in the Tea Party.......

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Actually, I don't think that anyone cares. Be happy that you have love and stop the incessant negativity that you're generating about lawyers. Karma, baby, karma.

anonamoose
anonamoose

What I really want to know is, did you take your seroquel today?

CC
CC

You are pathetic. Go away.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

"Poor Johnny One-Note, he sang out in gusto ... "

InsideEdition
InsideEdition

My guess is that Lambirti needs to pay back the bigwigs and others that supported him in the last electionand the one comming up. He is already raising money. He needs to use the purchasing department to conduct business with them. Strain did not want the purchasing dept. to be used as a spring for monetary payback via government contract and purchasing to help Lambirti stay in office. So in Machiavelian fashion Lambirti had to get rid of him. Strain is now stained. He may have been stained in the past as well and Lambirti held this over his head and Strain still didn't budge. Well he just had to go then.

Now with Curry its a similar situation. He didn't want to move Lambirtis boys up the ladder. He was telling Lambirti that there were more qualified people. But in Lambirtis mind those people were not politically for him or were neutral. So Lambirti had to get him out of that position. Lambirti has "buffers" like in the Godfather movies. So Curry and Strain will never be able to say Lambirti told me this or that.

Nucky; Of all the bloggers except for a few others like GF3 you should be able to read between the lines. Look at who was fired. It was the guys that controlled the government largess and who could dole up the goodies. Yes this stinks and its called politics. The question is will the mainstream press ever start exploiting the story. The guys who are gone my have their own skeletons and will just shut up. But belive me there are others that know what is about to go down. The press needs to look at his donor list and then who gets the goodies. We already know that Lambirti deals in quid pro quo. Look how he appointed the general counsel. Rothstein gave him campaign contributions and He appointed Rothsteins pick for General Counsel.

Al if you read this remember one thing. Power is addicting. But at the end of the day all you do is serve the interest of the people who contributed to your campaign. Understand that they get fat and all you ever get is your losey salary. They are pigs and your their tool. When the ride is over they won't even call you.

Sal Tessio
Sal Tessio

Sheriff AL,Please DO NOT resign. I don't want to see you leave with even a shred of dignity left. You don't deserve it. You deserve NO mercy for your crimes against career employees and proud law enforcement officers and support staff. You deserve every shame and indignation that can be brought to bear against you in the public eye. You deserve every curse against you for what you have done individually and collectively to a once fine agency and proud people. We recovered after Jenne's tenure. But your trangressions have far surpassed the evils of Powertrac, jackasses like the ABCs, and other assorted incompetents. You were the hope for something new and different-a career cop up from the ranks. We thought it and you echoed it right back at us. Many of us were duped. I certainly was.

But I will now make up for that mistake by making the destruction of you and your place at the helm of BSO my inspiration and celebration for life. I will see you fall, then dance in the street, howl at the moon and piss on your grave. You are the single worst case of a cop and a man I have witnessed in my life. Your career and that of the the assorted crumb bums you dragged up from the gutter are finished.

anonymous
anonymous

You're no trip to Hollywood, Chris.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey asshole that wasent me some jerkoff is using my name he might be gay or his mother but not ne it could be a lawyer getting ready to shut his lawfirm down,you can run a lawfirm out of your car,if you even have a car.i must be getting to you lowlife lawers,lets role.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Parkland Man's comments, manner, demeaner (and bad spelling) leave me with a bad feeling towards all people from Parkland.

Parkland man
Parkland man

What's the matter buddy are your lawyer friends in trouble don't worry there will be many more lawyers going down.pick new friends nice ones.

Truth Sayer
Truth Sayer

Talk about hitting the nail on the head! I'm in love with you Sal Tessio!

But about that "I will see you fall, then dance in the street, howl at the moon and piss on your grave" comment, I think you'll have to get in line!

There is one really pissed off civilian that will be dancing, howling and pissing before the last ratchet of the handcuffs sounds around Lamberti's wrists!

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