Richard Sharpstein Dead: Genius, Wisecracker, and First Class Defense Attorney

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Richard Sharpstein, one of Miami's most prominent defense attorneys, was found dead at his Miami Beach condo Tuesday morning.

Sharpstein, who worked for Akerman Senterfitt, had handled some of Miami Dade County's most high profile cases in a career that spanned four decades. He once represented disgraced Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Gersten, who fled to Australia after claims he had been receiving a blow job in a crack house when his Mercedes was stolen.

And he represented Garrett Wittels, the star FIU baseball player who just a few years ago came within a hair of breaking Robin Ventura's NCAA hitting streak record.

Sharpstein, who graduated from Tulane University, had worked as a state prosecutor in Miami and taught at several universities, including St. Thomas.

He always seemed to find himself at the center of high profile cases. Last year, he represented Peter Rosello, the 20-year-old son of Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria, who was accused in a video attack of a sleeping homeless man.

In 2010, he represented cops who were cleared of trying to frame a drug dealing convict, and called the win "A triumph for truth, justice and the American way," according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Sharpstein recently completed a divorce from his wife, attorney Janice Sharpstein.

Back in 2003, Miami New Times named him best lawyer, announcing, "this is the guy who will put on a show that just might distract the jury enough to get you off."



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bullcyrano
bullcyrano

Response to the Mojo fellow below:


Look, pal.  I'm a born again Christian who counted Richard as a friend. He was ethical in representing the accused. The Constitution guarantees to every accused, through the Sixth Amendment, the right to a lawyer and the legal representation he/she is due.  If you have a problem with that, then you have a problem with both Jesus' and the Apostle Paul's explanation (the latter's in Romans) as to how we as Christians are to abide by the strictures of the government under which we live. 


If you want to live in a country in which the accused do not get to have their own lawyers, then get into a time capsule and go back to England's notorious Star Chamber.  Or do something here that pisses off the NSA.  You'll be the first to scream for someone like Richard Sharpstein to represent you.


Secondly, the only sin that bars someone from Heaven is a rejection of the Messiah. Jesus told the criminal on the cross next to him that on that very day he, the criminal, would be in paradise with him.


Do you know where Richard Sharpstein stood with the creator of the universe?  No, you do not.  But I know where you stand as to Paul's admonitions about how we must exhibit Christian love.  See 1 Corinthians 13 for a full explanation.


You ought to be ashamed of yourself.  Jack Thompson, Coral Gables, FL amendmentonecomcast.net 

Mojo-Jojo
Mojo-Jojo

Nobody mourns a scummy criminal defense attorney, except for criminals and disbarred attorneys. All the scum of the earth gather to honor the evil creature that is now in the sanctuary of hell. Suicides are barred from entry into Heaven.

bullcyrano
bullcyrano

Jack Thompson here, former lawyer.  I am just one of the countless persons upon whom Richard unfailingly lavished his helpfulness.  In the early 1980s I had as a client a young man whom I came to know through our church's jail ministry.  I was before a judge to get him released pending trial, as he had an infant child and a young wife.


Richard, as the ASA on the case, could tell I had no idea what I was doing, so he pulled me aside and told me what would work.  It worked like a charm.


We remained friends over the years, and he was incredibly kind to me and my wife.  He and I did some stuff to help the police. It was an honor to be hitched to his wagon in that regard. He was one of the most abidingly funny, comical, clever persons I have ever known. And he was charitable in the real meaning of that word, unlike so many other attorneys who have gifts that turn into hubris.


And, to his credit, he was relentlessly skeptical of the government in all its forms.  That is just one reason he was a great lawyer. He would have felt quite at home with the Founders of our nation, and he would have cracked them up at the Constitution's framing.  Jack Thompson, amendmentone@comcast.net 

James Sharpe
James Sharpe

don't know but going thru divorce ....found dead at his condo ..

billgaines4
billgaines4

One less lawyer. The world is a better place.

James Sharpe
James Sharpe

rip ....was lucky enough to work for you ...you were one of the good guys ......

beapalomino
beapalomino

@billgaines4 you know what you ignorant idiot.....i am married to an attorney who happened to be good friends with him. he was a beautiful person who gave plenty to this community, what have you done that was positive? shame on you for such a tasteless comment.

Bluerebel69
Bluerebel69

@billgaines4 why don't you try respecting the PERSON and FAMILY that just lost him instead of thinking oh just a lawyer, he had 2 daughters and a son who just lost their father.....

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