UPDATED: OK, kidzzzz, get ready for a deluge of raw material from the Scott Rothstein case. I can't physically get it to you right now, but there's a whole lot of interesting new stuff to report. One little fun fact is that one of the nicknames that Frank Preve, who was knee-deep in the Rothstein Ponzi scheme, had for Rothstein was "Hoodsie." More insider stuff from the implosion with revealing Preve emails to Rothstein. Some quotes: "Your youth, inexperience, and drugs none of this bothers you. Because of my age, failures, and drugs -- all of this is sending me off the deep end... my ability to stay afloat with smoke and mirrors is gone, really gone. So am I." Stay tuned.
On the same day that attorney Bill Scherer gave a talk about Scott Rothstein in front of a crowd of about 100 at the Boys & Girls Club, he filed an amended complaint in his civil case on behalf of Rothstein victims that named some new defendants.
Added to Scherer's lawsuit was Gibraltar Bank; accounting firm Berenfeld Spritzer Schechter Sheer LLP; Berenfeld accountants Tracy Weintraub, Gary Berkowitz, and Brian Leitstein; and the Platinum and Centurion hedge funds in New York.
I couldn't attend the Scherer luncheon, but his press guy, Kevin Boyd, said more than
100 people gathered at Grille 66 to hear the lawyer talk about the case. Introduced by his client and Rothstein victim Linda Von Allmen, Scherer gave the talk as if he were giving an open argument in court, said Boyd. He addressed the crowd as the jury and Mrs. Von Allmen as "your honor."
Scherer unveiled some new Rothstein emails that I'm in the process of acquiring. In one of them, said Boyd, Rothstein compared himself to Robin Hood.
-- In other news, I wanted to point out that Jack Lokeinsky, president of the Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police, was a big enough man to apologize in an email for a comment he posted on the blog yesterday. I accepted the apology, and it's now officially water under the bridge.
-- Former Broward Public Defender Alan Schreiber wrote a comment in all capital letters (otherwise known as shouting) on the Earl Maucker post from last week that I thought I should share.
I HAVE MET MANY OF THE EDITORS AND REPORTERS FROM THE SUN SENTINEL AND EARL MAUCKER WAS THE BEST. EARL WAS THE EPITOME OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY AND BELIEVED IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR A REPORTER TO ACCURATELY REPORT THE STORY AND NOT CREATE SPIN AND FICTION FOR A PROMOTION. I KNOW, SINCE I WAS THE ELECTED PUBLIC DEFENDER OF BROWARD FROM 1976 - 2004 AND SURVIVED 250 ARTICLES IN THE SUN-SENTINEL. THE REPORTING BECAME ACCURATE AND TRUTHFUL WHEN MAUCKER BECAME EDITOR. HE WILL BE A GREAT LOSS FOR THE COMMUNITY BUT I AM SURE HE WILL MOVE ON TO GREENER PASTURES. HE IS A HONORABLE MAN AMONG MANY MEDIA SHARKS.
PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR 28 YEARS