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Scott Rothstein gets 50 years in prison

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Scott Rothstein was sentenced this morning to five decades in prison by U.S. District Court Judge James Cohn.

The judge was vocal about Rothstein’s forgery of federal officers and bogus court papers, saying those actions were “the most egregious wrongs a licensed attorney can commit.” His 50-year sentence was more than the 40 years prosecutors had sought.

Rothstein got up to address his “victims” in the courtroom, his former law firm partners, his investors, “members of the community,” 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.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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