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Boom Times For Bogenschutz

As the economy goes further into the tank, there's at least one guy in Broward County whose business appears to be thriving like never before: David Bogenschutz, the go-to defense attorney for ethically challenged judges, indicted politicians, and just about anyone else with a high profile.  

Corruption is a growth business right now and Bogenschutz is benefitting in a big way. Here's a smattering of some people he's representing currently or has rep'd in the recent past:

-- Federally charged former Palm Beach Commissioner Mary McCarty          

-- Al Capellini, the recently removed Deerfield Mayor charged with felony corruption

-- Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner, who is under JQC investigation

-- Eleanor Adderly, who is facing aggravated assault charges after shooting at her husband, Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderly, at their Plantation home

-- Ex-Parkland Mayor Bob Marks, who pleaded guilty to perjury after lying about his business relationship with developer WCI

-- Robert Ray Huizenga, son of Dolphins owner H. Wayne, who was charged with DUI

-- Former Sheriff Ken Jenne, whom we all know about

-- Former Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin

-- Former New York Yankees star Jim Leyritz, charged with DUI and manslaughter after an early-morning car accident in Fort Lauderdale that killed Plantation's Fredia Ann Veitch

-- Broward Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman, investigated by the JQC for misconduct

You'd think South Florida would be enough to keep him busy, but he just took a case in Tampa involving another heavyweight: Appellate Judge Thomas E. Stringer.

The 64-year-old Stringer, who was the first black circuit judge in Hillsborough County history, was charged yesterday with violating judicial canons and misconduct over his relationship with a stripper. In essence, he is accused of helping exotic dancer Christy Yamanaka hide money from creditors and failing to report gifts from Yamanaka that included a Vegas vacation, a Mercedes, and two Rolex watches. Here's a link to the JQC charging document, courtesy of the Tampa Tribune. And here's a much more colorful account of what has happened from the New York Post, which includes a photo of Yamanaka. 

Damn, some strippers must make almost as Bogenschutz.

It's certainly a quintessential Florida case. No wonder Stringer went to the quintessential Florida attorney for help.

Think what you will about what Bogenschutz does for a living, but however distasteful it may be, it's definitely an interesting occupation. And challenging. Especially with clients like McCarty, who actually put out a public apology that, he says, came without his knowledge or permission. I'm a little concerned for Bogie -- can he really juggle all of these demanding and complicated clients in an effective way?  

Ah, so much corruption, so little time to make it go away.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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