A Civil Contempt Blog: Scott Rothstein - TD Bank Wins Onehttp://acivilcontemptblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/scott-rothstein-td-bank-wins-one.html[3/12/2012 4:23:43 PM]
This blog will describe the unknown and unpublicized true story and bizarre circumstances surroundingthe longest, still ongoing, civil contempt sanction in U.S. Federal Court history — now lasting over 11years, including an imprisonment of over 6 years.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012
Scott Rothstein - TD Bank Wins One
TD Bank just won avictorybefore Judge Marra in federal district court. Judge Marra ruled TDBank has the right to have a jury trial conducted in the district court, not the bankruptcy court,because it did not consent to a bankruptcy court jury trial.The only question is if they want to go before a jury ... and I don't only mean TD Bank. Theelephant in the room throughout the whole Scott Rothstein bankruptcy is that Berger Singermaninsiders, including Paul Singerman, partnered with Rothstein to buy Gibraltar Bank, arguably abank more important to Rothstein's schemes then TD Bank.Clearly, Berger Singerman insiders are presumed to have inside knowledge of Rothstein'sscheme — through due dilligence and similar efforts used in evaluating their Gibraltar investmentand their partner, Rothstein, who they were investing with.At the time of the purchase all the warning signs were in place, including the many internalcomplaints about Rothstein's accounts. Rothstein has already testified that the key reason for hisinvesting in Gibraltar Bank was to block all internal investigations of his accounts.The conflict problem — so the public was informed and it was dutifully reported — was "solved"by hiring another law firm to sue Gibraltar. The problem then disappeared from public view, as"solved."But, the conflict problem was never solved because Gibraltar played a central role in the Ponzischeme. Berger Singerman had retained such a degree of control over the bankruptcy estatethat Paul Singerman negotiated the sweetheart Gibraltar bankruptcy settlement that immunizesGibraltar from other claims by Rothstein's victims — and protects Berger Singerman insiders'investment in Gibraltar.The ploy of hiring another firm to give the appearance of a "solved" conflict, worked very wellindeed.
TD Bank's "Best Defense" - What Happened To The
In Pari Delicto
Defense ... ItWorked In The Madoff Case?
It is so far very strange that the issue of "
" has not yet hit any headlines in thiscase (See myprevious poston this subject). Remember, that well settled defense theory says,in essence, that if two parties work together on a scheme, then one of those schemers (in thiscase the bankruptcy estate) cannot sue third parties on behalf of innocent victims.To make the
in pari delicto
concept clearer: picture two muggers assaulting a victim. One of themuggers sues another alleged accomplice to the mugging to compensate the victim. The suedalleged accomplice raises the
in pari delicto
defense claiming an accomplice cannot sue him tocompensate the victim.This very important defense issue, a few days ago, became the subject of an appealin theSecond Circuitin the Bernie Madoff bankruptcy case. The appeal came after two Madoff
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