Scott Rothstein's Relationship With the Feds Questioned

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Government objections during the fifth day of Scott Rothstein's deposition made it clear he's not allowed to give any details on his affiliations with organized crime or his claims that he bribed cops and judges.

On the seventh day of his deposition -- the afternoon session of December 20 in the transcripts -- Rothstein was being questioned by attorney Mark Schnapp, who's representing TD Bank.

Schnapp went through objections to show on the record that Rothstein's not allowed to give details on certain things and also questioned Rothstein's dealings with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

It was a brief exchange that included a few interruptions from Assistant U.S. District Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio, so we'll publish that part of the transcript -- which seems pretty open to interpretation:

Q    Have you been charged with any other crimes at the U.S. Attorney's Office?
A    Not to my knowledge, sir, no.
Q    Are you going to be?
A    I certainly hope not.
Q    So have you been given immunity from other crimes?
A    No, sir.
Q    What other crimes have you disclosed to the U.S. Attorney's Office that you have committed?
MR. LAVECCHIO:   In a general way.
A    Money laundering; extortion; bribing public officials, law enforcement.
Q    You said law enforcement, do you mean bribing law enforcement?
A    Bribing law enforcement; paying law enforcement to do illegal activity.
Q    Tax?
A    Interfering with the judiciary; tax evasion. Actually mine wasn't really tax evasion.  I actually was inflating my taxes. I don't know what you call that. I wasn't actually evading taxes, I was overpaying my taxes. That's all I recall at this moment, I'm sure there may be more.
Q    Now, I know I'm going to go through objections, but I just want the record clear. Which judges did you bribe?
MR. LAVECCHIO: Objection, privilege.
Q    Which political officers did you bribe? 
MR. LAVECCHIO: Objection, privilege. 
Q    Are you going to follow the U.S. Attorney's Office's instructions not to answer my questions?
A    Yes, sir.
Q    Which people did you threaten?
MR. LAVECCHIO: Objection, privilege.
Q    Were you involved in any other schemes other than the ones that have been disclosed through these proceedings?
MR. SCHERER: What was the question? 
Q    Were you involved in any other schemes other than the ones that have been disclosed through these proceedings? I'll include there the Ponzi scheme and the issues with the fake judicial opinion.
MR. LAVECCHIO: I'm going to object given the way you've couched that question.  Scheme is a very broad term. 
Q    Fair enough. Have you been involved in any other fraudulent act other than the activity that's been discussed during the course of your deposition?
A    If you're including things I've been asked about that I've not been allowed to answer, then the answer is yes.
Q    And with respect to your involvement in those activities do you expect to be prosecuted?
A    I hope not.


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City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Of course the fat fuck is getting special treatment. And why do the Feds have to put him up in a hotel that th eJustice Dept. is paying for. Ofcourse they are not going to let him sing like a canary(but it was ok when Rothstein sang though, oh I know shut him up).They don't want him spilling the beans about this one etc.because this would tip of these people. And find out who the Att. was that had these Whore masters omited from rothstein' depo/ No way guys, who are the whore masters.?  Likely you are not marryed to me guys I'd cut your balls off if you cheated on me. And w/ a whore no less. This will come out under "Freedom of Info Act" sorry charlie we will find out who the Whore Masters are -trust me. Your men on there Sheriff lamberti- Pathetic?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

"The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged, he is useless". Voltaire.

Teddyzcorner
Teddyzcorner

I like the picture of Rothstein holding the pen. Is he getting ready to forge a: judge's signature; bank official's signature; plaintiff's signature; defendant's signature; law enforcement's signature; politician's signature?

Tonydig
Tonydig

based on this there is no questions we can expect a whole many more people to be charged.This was some sort of crooked show going on in Ft Lauderdale.   

Jim
Jim

Rothstein is making most of that stuff up in the hopes of getting a reduced sentence.  Why would anyone believe what he is saying now, unless there is other evidence of it?   And we haven't seen anything to back up most of what he is claiming.   The guy is still a pathological liar.   He's trying to spread the blame so people think he is less to blame.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Yeah right.

 It was well known for quite a while how much law enforcement and judicial was kissing Rothstiens ass to get a part of his action so go take your bullshit elsewhere.

Jim
Jim

Whoops!  Make that twenty-five months ago!   The Feds must really believe Rothstein to act so "fast".

Eugene
Eugene

That's because the Justice Department has to verify Rothstein's information. We can't just throw judges, cops and lawyers in jail on his say-so. When the investigation is over, more people will be prosecuted, providing Scott is telling the truth -- and as he said at the beginning, he'd be a fool to lie now.

Jim
Jim

So fourteen months ago Rothstein tells the Feds that judges and law enforcement were committing criminal acts and for fourteen months the Feds have left all those people in place.  

Sounds logical to me.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey he says i hope not,well i hope so and they never stop on this pice of dogshit,and all the other pices of dog shit lawyers he was working with,i hope they all go to prison for ever,goodbye scumbag lawyers.

TheSenator1
TheSenator1

Easy, Parkland Man, Rothstein himself is going to be the catalyst to putting another 20-100 lawyers in jail or disbarred in the least.  In a way, he was the corrupt side of cleaning up Broward County.  Bob Norman and the New Times were the good side of that project.  The town will be a better place after this is all over.  We do need to get after the judges, however, that will be a field day!

glass slipper
glass slipper

I really hope the Lavecchio guy knows about some ongoing investigation into the criminal activities of the law enforcement and judicial scumbags that were involved with rothstien.

 And how could they let these people still walk around to freely arrest and judge citizens knowing how crooked they are?

 This shit is fucked up!!!!!

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