Scott Rothstein Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison
|Kim Rothstein and friend Stacie Weisman leaving the courthouse after the sentencing.|
Norman was at the courthouse yesterday for the sentencing and witnessed the media circus surrounding the case. He describes a few highlights of the sentencing:
While Judge Cohn was summing up Rothstein's crimes before announcing the sentence, Rothstein's mother, Gay, held her head in her hands, her eyes closed, her lips occasionally moving as if she were praying. When he said "50 years," she let out a gasp and broke into tears. Later she had to be helped from the courtroom as she cried. Rothstein's wife, Kim, also wept during and after the sentencing.According to the Miami Herald, Rothstein will be placed in the witness protection program after helping authorities with the arrest of an Italian Mafia figure.
Rothstein got up at one point to address his victims in the courtroom, those he stole money from, his former law firm partners, "members of the community," his family, and the judiciary itself. "I am truly and deeply sorry for what I have done. I don't expect your forgiveness," he said, his voice cracking at times with emotion. "I'm ashamed and embarrassed. Thank you."
Rothstein's Ponzi scheme was far reaching, including an attempt by his company, the Bova Group, to take over Casa Casuarina (AKA the Versace Mansion) in Miami Beach. Luckily, famed restaurateur Barton G. Weiss came to the landmark's rescue after the fallout and opened the Villa by Barton G. back in March.
The courts have yet to decide if Rothstein's victims will be compensated. But rest assured, Norman will have the scoop, so stay tuned. In the meantime, stop over at the Daily Pulp for video and photos from yesterday's sentencing.