Scott Rothstein's Deposition: Facts or Fiction?

There seem to be two distinct interpretations of what's been released thus far from Scott Rothstein's deposition in Miami -- he's either coming forward with a ton of damning information or he's full of crap.

His claims haven't been specific -- especially with objections from the feds over the issues of organized crime, cops, and judges -- but he's made some general statements that carry some substantial weight.

But can you ever trust anything that comes out of the mouth of a guy who lied and cheated his way to a billion bucks?

Both sides of the argument of whether Rothstein is lying have merit -- maybe he realized he's going to die in prison unless he does anything he can to chop a few years off his sentence. That could include telling the truth. Or as an attorney for TD Bank asked Rothstein during the deposition, maybe he's just lying to get what he wants -- again.

Attorney Mark Schnapp went through this process with Rothstein on December 20, getting Rothstein to admit he lied over and over again only to have Rothstein try to claim he's telling the truth now.

"I don't think you become a truthful person all of a sudden," Rothstein said. "I think you make a conscious decision to change, which is what I did. People do change."

Let's hear from you, dear readers -- is Rothstein coming clean or is he full of it?

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I hope Vic Tobin gets busted big time.  Nothing would be better than getting him off the streets.  A bunch of these lawyers need to go as well, and the Florida Bar needs to disbarr them.  What do you have to do to get the Florida Bar to act?  Be part of a billion dollar Ponzi scheme with corrupt mobsters breaking people's knuckles?


He's telling the truth, embellishing nothing...but protecting some.  You know that's how it is.


They should have known, given his fast rise to wealth and power that he was (1) a scammer or (2) a Donny Brasco type looking to root out corruption. We all know it was number 1, but anyone should have suspected something.


He is telling the truth.  He is probably pissed because he is got caught and then all the people who played ball with little Scotty are all over the place saying "no idea" "what a scumbag" "I thought he was an OK guy" etc.  He knows and they know what he was about and he is going to get a little well deserved revenge.  When I say well deserved - I mean the people he is ratting out getting their just rewards - Ft. L. cops, lawyers, Judges, politicians and others.  He could not have done this alone and there are lots of Judges, cops and pols who were up his ass and knew or should have known


Let's see.  He's a pathological liar who lied thousands of times to get things he wasn't entitled to.   Now he is saying things that will help him (by possibly causing others to be held liable for what he stole and by causing prosecutors to ask that he be released from prison earlier).  What he's saying isn't confirmed by other evidence.  For instance, he says he gave money to bank employees but "can't remember" when and "can't remember" exactly how much.  He says there's no record of his withdrawing the cash he gave the bank employees because he "just had the cash lying around."  He says the bank employees didn't ask for the money and he didn't tell them he was going to give it to them.

Yes!  I believe Scott Rothstein is a changed man!   He's now a truth teller and it's just a big coincidence that what he is saying will help him and that what he's saying can't be confirmed except by taking his word for it.   This is America.   People can change their stripes.  I believe him!


A Sociopath

A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others.  A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused - it is done to get one's way).  Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others.  Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways (see, lovefraud, for more on sociopaths).  

Compulsive Liar

A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit.  Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions.  Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small.  For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right.  Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary.  For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning (unlike sociopaths), rather they simply lie out of habit - an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship (see, how to cope with a compulsive liar).

The terms Pathological Liar, Habitual Liar and Chronic Liar are often used to refer to a Compulsive Liar.

I'd go with Sociopath and I see no reason for him to lie at this point as it would do him no good.

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