Want a photo of Scott Rothstein's wife with powerful politicians? Seven will be for sale at an auction of items from the disbarred lawyer's defunct law firm tomorrow after an effort by Rothstein to keep those photos out of the sale failed.
At an emergency hearing in bankruptcy court today, Michael Seese, a lawyer for Scott Rothstein, argued that seven photos of Kim Rothstein with politicians including Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. John McCain should not be sold.
Scott Rothstein wasn't asking for the photographs to be returned to himself or Kim but he did "not want pictures of his wife to appear on the walls of an establishment ...,'' Seese argued. "Mr. Rothstein feels his wife has been through enough."
The trustee had already set aside photos of a purely personal nature such as one of Rothstein's daughter, one of Scott at a wedding and another of Kim at a high-end hotel with her arms full of shopping bags. But the photos of the Rothsteins take at political events paid for with law firm dollars were fair game for the auction, argued Charles Lichtman, an attorney for the trustee.
"Mr. Rothstein went out of his way to make himself a public figure," Lichtman said. Rothstein's photo often appeared on society pages and he loved showing off photos of himself with politicians, Lichtman told the judge.These photos were part of the now jailed attorney's effort to give himself an air of legitimacy and recruit investors.
Judge Raymond Ray agreed that the photos should be sold because Rothstein himself had placed them in the public domain and they were "used in the commission of a crime."