Scott Rothstein Can't Give Specifics on Law Enforcement, Organized Crime, Politics

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Scott Rothstein has made several generalizations over the course of his deposition, including his associations with organized crime and claims that he bribed cops and judges.

In the December 16 transcript, it seems the questions -- and Rothstein's almost-answers -- got a little too specific, drawing government objections and leading to the transcript being partially redacted.

Rothstein was asked questions about stashes of cash -- sometimes as much as $150,000 -- that he'd keep around his office.

After being asked the source of the cash, Rothstein asked, "You want me to answer that?"

Assistant U.S. District Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio answered, "Do the best you can."

Rothstein answered a few questions on how he got the cash and then was asked what he needed all that money for.

LaVecchio objected for the "government's investigatory privilege."

Rothstein continued to answer more questions about where he got the money, to which he eventually conceded that it came from organized crime.

He was then asked who in organized crime gave him money, which drew another objection from LaVecchio. Rothstein answered, "I got money from clients."

Rothstein was asked more about this cash, leading to an off-the-record conversation between LaVecchio and Rothstein's interviewer, attorney Sam Rabin.

Rabin continued to ask about the cash, its sources, and what it was used for.

"To help you avoid an objection, let me see if I can give it to you this way," Rothstein said. "Clients, other lawyers, and friends would sometimes need me to assist them in conducting illegal activity."

Rothstein was asked what kind of illegal activity -- objection. Paying off judges? Objection.

Rothstein was basically given the question again with different phrasing, and he gave the laundry list of what the money from "clients" was financing: money laundering, extortion, physical violence, public corruption, influencing law enforcement, influencing bankers, influencing businessmen, influencing business owners, and a whole "myriad of others," Rothstein said.

Specifics, however, were never mentioned.

Before this conversation about this cash from the "clients," there are about four pages of redacted material.

That conversation was allegedly more talk about escorts and who Rothstein would provide escorts to. He allegedly named a few people, and then said there were some cops, but he couldn't name-drop them.

Rothstein was allegedly asked to name those cops -- drawing an objection from LaVecchio.

In a previous day of questioning, Rothstein was able to answer questions about former Fort Lauderdale Police Sgt. Steven Greenlaw, mostly about jewelry, but talk about other cops seems to get the brick wall from the feds.


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Guest
Guest

One only hopes that the names of the corrupt Judges and cops are being hidden because indictments are coming.  

VinoJon
VinoJon

Protecting dirty cops is the most pathetic act the government can take. Clearly Rothstein has a credibility hurdle but it's a woeful day for justice if he leads the US Attorney to the evidence and it's ignored.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Looks like the crooked cops and judges are getting a pass on this one and the focus will be on much more trivial matters. I just hope they prove me wrong.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Seems as if Assistant U.S. District Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio is in the room to lead the questioning around and away from the local cops. I guess we can't handle the truth. Ain't that grand?

A. Mused
A. Mused

It can be presumed that at least one of the law enforcement people in his inner circle was treated to prostitutes. This being illegal, would that make him, technically, a "sex offender?"Isn't he currently in charge of a juvenile program for BSO?    I see national news, I see Nancy Grace. And that other angry CNN chick.

Obermann
Obermann

I wonder if anyone asked him what he knew  about the murder of Melissa Brit Lewis.

Matthew Hendley
Matthew Hendley

Q    When Melissa Lewis was murdered, you recall that time, right?A    Melissa Lewis was murdered.  And I went and purchased a home out in Weston for Debra.Q    But you had a gentleman living in another house that you were going to put her in, and wrote him an e-mail, and you referred to him as your brother.  What was his name?  Do you know what I'm talking about?  A    Just refresh my recollection.  I just don't remember off the top of my head.  At that moment I would have done anything to get Debra out of her house because at that moment we didn't know who the killer was.Q    Were you threatened in connection with that at all?A    In connection with the Melissa Lewis case?  Q    Around the time that Melissa Lewis was murdered, were you threatened by anyone?A    No.Q    You told people that you were threatened, though, right?A    No.  You're talking about two completely different things.Q    Tell me how I'm confused.  A    You're talking about people threatening me, feeling threatened by other individuals and the fact that Melissa Lewis' killer had not been found.  You're mixing it up, and you're also mixing in mob things that I was involved in.Q    Tell me about the mob things you were involved in.MR. LaVECCHIO:  Objection, privilege.BY MR. RABIN:  Q    Do you know a gentleman named Robert Weiner?A    It rings a bell.  Who is he?  Q    A member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gang.  Does A    No.  I didn't do business with the Outlaws.Q    You don't remember giving this guy some money to kill somebody?  Rings no bell?A    Okay.  Let me clear this up for you.  I never gave someone named Robert Weiner any money to kill anybody.

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