Wednesday, January 20, 2010 |
5 years ago
Well, I've been busy with other things today (hint: a national cable news network is preparing a piece on a certain Ponzi schemer who used to do some of his best thinking on a toilet made of gold), but there is one interesting development at the Broward Sheriff's Office to report.
Before Scott Rothstein went kablooey, two of his pals -- Undersheriff Tom Wheeler and Lt. David Benjamin -- basically ran the BSO. Wheeler and Benjamin were tight and both were extremely political and power-hungry (Wheeler's still in power, so I shouldn't put him in the past tense).
Sheriff Al Lamberti, a hands-off guy, let Wheeler and Benjamin run amok -- and they engaged in some serious intimidation of deputies who weren't towing the Lamberti line. Remember this classic phone recording Benjamin left with Dep. John Bailen, who was a big supporter of Lamberti opponent Scott Israel: