Returning to the Scene of the Crime

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STATEMENT FROM RPOF CHAIRMAN LENNY CURRY: “Charlie Crist’s friend, and convicted felon, Scott Rothstein shed more light on their relationship recently when he said he used his influence with then Governor Crist to hand-pick judges. Charlie’s silence about his fellow lawyer and friend’s testimony under oath has been deafening. Will he face the music this week as he returns to the scene of Rothstein’s crime?”

IN SCOTT ROTHSTEIN’S OWN WORDS

“For Certain Contributions, People Were Appointed To The Bench.” (Kellan Howell, “Crist Accused Of Trading Money For Judges,” The Washington Times, 2/6/14)

“I Was Able To Convince Him To Do A Lot Of Things. He Knew How The Game Was Played.” (Kellan Howell, “Crist Accused Of Trading Money For Judges,” The Washington Times, 2/6/14)

“I Expected Him To Do Certain Things In Exchange For Large Contributions.” (Kellan Howell, “Crist Accused Of Trading Money For Judges,” The Washington Times, 2/6/14)

“It Was A Quid Pro Quo With The Governor.” (Marc Caputo, “Ponzi Scheme’s ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Claims Dog Charlie Crist Campaign,” The Miami Herald, 2/6/14)

ROTHSTEIN WAS AWARDED WITH “DIRECT PIPELINE” TO CRIST ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ATTORNEY SAY ROTHSTEIN HAD “DIRECT PIPELINE” TO CRIST, WAS CHARLIE’S “EYES AND EARS” ON JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS
(WPLG ABC Miami, 2/6/14)

Instead Of Practicing Law, Rothstein Used Law Firm To Raise Money For Crist, Who “Awarded His Generosity With So Much Influence That Several South Florida Judges Have Rothstein To Thank For Their Appointments.” “Rothstein, who gestured with handcuffed hands as he capped his two-day testimony in the fraud trial of a former associate, said the $1.4 billion scheme he ran ‘mostly out of sheer panic’ was just one of several games he played. He also used the associates in his law firm as his personal fundraising machine for … former Gov. Charlie Crist, whom he said awarded his generosity with so much influence that several South Florida judges have Rothstein to thank for their appointments … And for the rank-and-file members of his Fort Lauderdale firm, Rothstein said, playing the game was as much about getting on the phone to raise thousands of dollars for politicians like Crist than it was about practicing law.” (Daphne Duret, “Rothstein: Former Colleague Up On Wire Fraud Charges ‘Could Have Told Me No,'” The Palm Beach Post, 2/6/14)

Rothstein Used “Huge Influence” With Crist To Push Judicial Candidates “Who Would ‘Favor Our Law Firm.'” “Rothstein said he had huge influence over then-Gov. Charlie Crist and used his political appointment to a local judicial nominating commission to improperly ensure that Crist’s personal favorites were nominated to the 4th District Court of Appeal and to the Broward Circuit Court, as well as pushing Rothstein’s own preferred candidates who would ‘favor our law firm.'” (Paula McMahon, “Rothstein Tells Jurors He Is Paying For His Crimes – And So Should Others,” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2/6/14)

Level Of Detail Scott Rothstein Provides In Quid Pro Quo With Crist Is “Unusual” And “Troubling.” “Political analysts say the testimony is unusual because it is rare that episodes of favor-trading are recounted in such explicit detail. ‘There are pretty strong laws on the books, at least at the federal level, when you are making promises in exchange for money. Even at the federal level, to be caught up in violating that law you have to be very stupid,’ said Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center. ‘This notion that [Rothstein] is describing that he had such leverage and influence with Crist, and that there was some kind of agreement for contributions is somewhat troubling,’ Ms. McGehee said.” (Kellan Howell, “Crist Accused Of Trading Money For Judges,” The Washington Times, 2/6/14)

 

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