Russ Adler's Questions for Sheriff Al
Will Lamberti have to raise his right hand in Rothstein court?
Busy news night. Another Broward jail worker, this one a nurse named Carline Jean, was arrested yesterday on charges of introducing contraband to an inmate, including giving the inmate a cell phone and (this goes without saying at this point) sending nude pictures of herself to the prisoner.
What's in the water at the Broward County Jail?
Jean, 34, is sitting in the jail where she cared for patients on $75,000 bond. She's the fourth jail employee -- the other three were deputies -- charged with giving contraband to prisoners and the third who apparently engaged in some form of sexual interplay with inmates.
My sources are telling me there are more arrests to come.
In the meantime, a kindly reader sent me the motion filed by former RRA partner Russ Adler's legal team to depose Sheriff Al Lamberti in his bankruptcy trial. The Scott Rothstein bankruptcy trustee is demanding $1.2 million in clawbacks from Adler for alleged overcompensation and unpaid loans from Rothstein during his Ponzi scheme. From the motion:
Sheriff Lamberti is not just a public official; he is the chief law enforcement officer for Broward County. His primary purpose and responsibility is to detect and investigate criminal activity in Broward County. It is abundantly clear from the attached newspaper articles that neither he nor other high ranking members of the Sheriff's Office (Wheeler and Benjamin) ever suspected that Rothstein was engaged in criminal activity, despite his admitted "friendship" with Rothstein and the fact that Messrs. Wheeler and Benjamin were even closer with Rothstein, and never suspected him either. This is why the testimony of Sheriff Lamberti is so critically important to the Adlers' defense to the case at Bar.
After the jump, the questions Adler aims to ask Lamberti, who is fighting the deposition.
Questions Adler wants to ask Lamberti in court (from federal court documents):
a. Please provide your name and professional address for the record.
b. Isn't it true that you knew Scott Rothstein for many years?
c. Isn't it true you consider yourself a friend of Scott Rothstein?
d. Isn't it true Scott Rothstein was a member of the Broward Sheriff Advisory Counsel?
e. Isn't it true that membership on the Advisory Counsel is by invitation only?
f. Isn't it true that all members of the Advisory Council must go through a background check before a potential member is approved to join the Council?
g. Isn't it true that during your campaign to become Sheriff, Scott Rothstein was
instrumental in arranging a fundraiser for your campaign at Ross Peiko's house?
h. Isn't it true that Mr. Rothstein, both through personal friends of his and lawyers employed by RRA, contributed to your campaign?
i. How much did Mr. Rothstein raise for your election campaign?
j. Isn't it true that you have been to Mr. Rothstein's house on Las Olas Isles?
k. Isn't it true you have been to Mr. Rothstein's house in Harbor Beach?
l. Isn't it true that you were aware of Mr. Rothstein's expensive lifestyle, which includes various homes, jewelry and traveling on private jets?
m. Isn't it true that you were a guest of Mr. Rothstein in the skybox at Dolphin Stadium on more than one occasion?
n. How many times did you attend Dolphin games as a guest of Mr. Rothstein?
o. Isn't it true that you sent a letter to Scott Rothstein congratulating him for the award received from the Anti-defamation League in 2008?
p. Isn't it true that your letter to Mr. Rothstein thanked him for his friendship during
the year prior?
q. Isn't it true that in your letter you offered to professionally and personally assist Scott Rothstein should he call upon you to do so?
r. Isn't it true that Tom Wheeler, employed by the Broward County Sheriff Office, was a close personal friend to Mr. Rothstein?
s. Isn't it true that Mr. Rothstein was a close personal friend of David Benjamin, a lieutenant with the Broward County Sheriff's Office?
t. Isn't it true that you never suspected that Mr. Rothstein was involved in any criminal activity, including the Ponzi scheme for which he was convicted?
u. Were you ever suspicious of Mr. Rothstein's activities?
v. Isn't it true that Mr. Rothstein was never investigated by the Broward County Sheriff's Office?
w. Isn't it true that you were never advised from anyone employed by the Broward County Sheriff's Office or anyone else in law enforcement, prior to the end of October 2009 that Mr. Rothstein was involved in criminal activity?
x. Isn't it true that you never received any information from citizens prior to the end of October 2009, whether they be friends or associates of Mr. Rothstein or investors or otherwise, that Mr. Rothstein was involved in criminal activity?
y. If you did learn of such purported criminal activity, isn't it true you would have caused Mr. Rothstein to be investigated?
z. Isn't it true that if you received information regarding Mr. Rothstein's purported criminal activity you would have ceased associating with Mr. Rothstein?
aa. Isn't it true that if you received information regarding Mr. Rothstein's purported criminal activity you would have instructed employees of the Broward County Sheriff Office, including Messrs. Wheeler and Benjamin to cease associating with Mr. Rothstein?
bb. Isn't it true that you never received any information from any source whatsoever that Russell Adler or Katie Adler had any actual knowledge or involvement in Mr. Rothstein's criminal activity?
cc. Isn't it true that Mr. Rothstein never gave you any indication that he was involved in criminal activity?
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