Scott Rothstein Takes Witness Stand In Trial Of Former Employee

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Scott Rothstein
Scott Rothstein

"Ms. Kitterman over a period of several years had already engaged in illegal activity with the law firm. She was not new to this," said Rothstein, who was known at the firm for his bombastic and overbearing personality.

He testified it wasn't unusual for attorneys and staff at the firm to perform—without question—illegal or unethical acts without knowing the full extent of his Ponzi scheme.

"I did not tell her I was going to cheat anyone," Rothstein said. "I asked her to lie."

Rothstein said he was mistaken in a 2011 civil deposition when he identified the person who pretended to be Quintela as a law firm paralegal, not Kitterman.

'Not Happy'

Within minutes of taking the stand, Rothstein talked up his connections to then-Gov. Charlie Crist, who named the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler chief to the judicial selection committee for the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

"I was able to convince the governor to do a lot of things," said Rothstein, who was a guest at Crist's wedding and hosted the governor at his luxurious waterfront mansion.

"My job was to be the governor's voice on the commission," Rothstein told a jammed courtroom. He bragged he also influenced Crist to name judges Rothstein wanted in place on the bench.

Members of the Judicial Nominating Commission are appointed by the governor and deliver the names of up to six finalists to fill courthouse vacancies.

Rothstein, sporting a crew cut and goatee, said he and Kitterman had "a physical relationship from time to time" and talked about "making out" with her in the restroom of the Anthony's Runway 84 restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.

Kitterman has denied having an affair with her former boss, and the testimony clearly took the defense by surprise.

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