Patterson attempts to Defend Nora Patterson, Rodriguez, Benderson Conspiracy

JOHN PATTERSON ATTEMPTS TO DEFEND

NORA PATTERSON, RODRIGUEZ, BENDERSON CONSPIRACY

Morgan Bentley has called attorney, John Patterson to testify as an “expert witness” in a legal manner concerning  a civil trial in which Nora Patterson (who just happens to be the wife of John Patterson) played a significant role. Bentley was the attorney for Henry Rodriguez in a recent trial wherein a six member, local jury found Rodriguez and Randy Benderson had conspired with former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson and other Sarasota County officials to defraud Hugh Culverhouse Jr.”

As Jeremy Wallace of the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported, “A pair of Southwest Florida’s most prominent developers (Randy Benderson and Henry Rodriguez) used backroom political deals with elected officials and conspired in secret meetings to double-cross their one-time partner (Hugh Culverhouse Jr.) on a major land deal”, a Sarasota jury concluded.

It would be comical if it weren’t so outrageous that John Patterson has the audacity to attempt to affirm Bentley has successfully refuted the allegations set forth in the civil lawsuit trial to the effect that Culverhouse was not defrauded.

Allegations that included, among other charges, that Patterson’s wife, former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, illegally solicited campaign funds from Rodriguez in lieu of passing confidential information to Rodriguez. To refute this would be near impossible, since even Dubensky didn’t rule against that conclusion by the jury.

PATTERSON NEEDS TO READ THE JUDGES’S TRANSCRIPT

John Patterson evidently did not read the judge’s transcript and dismissal order or if he did, Patterson’s lack of legal acumen equals Bentley’s. Case in point, Dubensky stated he agreed with the jury’s findings. All Patterson needs to do is read the verdict form. Bentley’s client and his company, STD Ltd. did not get acquitted of wrong doing.

The absurd reason given by Dubensky for the reversal, as quoted in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, “there was not enough legal basis for most of the claims in the case to substantiate the verdict for Culverhouse.” Could this be any more absurd? What a clear example of Dubensky’s “home cooked” judicial dishonesty served up on behalf of Benderson and Rodriguez.

The following are Dubensky’s instructions to the jury as they were about to begin deliberations:”Members of the jury you have now heard and received all the evidence in this case. I am now going to tell you the rules of  law in this case that you must use in reaching this verdict.”

How preposterous for Dubensky to reverse the decision of the six member jury— which had four college grads, one of which with a masters degree— on the grounds that all six members did not understand the “rules of law in this case,” which he explained it to them?

DUBENSKY INSULTS JURY AND MAKES MOCKERY OF JUDICIAL SYSTEM

Dubensky insulted the six jurors who took their duty seriously, applied the facts, maintained notebooks, and reviewed exhibits as well as the judge’s instructions as to the law the lawyers had argued, while in the jury room.

These were the same arguments Dubensky used to throw out the verdict subsequent to giving the jury the instructions to apply to the case.  What his post-trial ruling means is he is either admitting he was wrong in his instructions or someone forced him to take the jury’s decision away.

The jury agreed with Culverhouse’s indictments that Benderson, Rodriguez, former disgraced Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley, former County Commissioner Nora Patterson and other Sarasota County officials fraudulently conspired with Benderson and Rodriguez to enhance their profits with millions of dollars in local, state and federal public money, by excluding Culverhouse from the EEZ project.

The Culverhouse lawsuit involved a project in Osprey, that was part of a state designated Energy Economic Zone (EEZ) project. The EEZ Project was one of two in Florida that would have been eligible for state and federal incentives. This vast tract of land approved for development is west of U.S Interstate 75 and comprised of some 1,000 acres along State Road 681.

BENTLEY’S DEFENSE OF RODRIGUEZ A JOKE
It is completely absurd for Bentley to have Patterson testify as an “expert” witness in determining if Bentley should be compensated by Culverhouse for his defense of Rodriguez at the trial. First of all, Bentley’s defense was a joke, considering the jury’s decision that every single motion placed by Culverhouse attorneys against  Bentley’s client Rodriguez, was upheld by the jury. (SEE ATTACHMENT NO.1)

Bentley’s quality as a trial lawyer was nonexistent at this trial, as further exemplified when the jury awarded Culverhouse over $20 million in damages. Bentley’s legal credibility only escaped scrutiny because Dubensky threw him a bone in putting together his “home-cooked” legal reversal.

Most importantly, and unfortunately for Bentley—and the Patterson’s, Culverhouse has appealed Dubensky’s outrageous decision to an appeal court in Lakeland; a Lakeland courtroom outside of Sarasota that will be free from Sarasota/Manatee judicial “home cooking,” and biased judges in the pockets of developers like Benderson and Rodriguez.

PATTERSON’S PREJUDICE AND LACK

OF PREVIOUS “EXPERT” TESTIMONY TROUBLESOME

Patterson will have other problems when he testifies under oath. For example, in the brief Bentley filed with the Court, there is no documentation as to prior testimony with Patterson in the role of an “expert” witness. In addition, there is little doubt that Patterson will be vetted regarding issues of prejudice as well as his personal knowledge of the case, against his claim to be an impartial “expert.”
WAS JOHN PATTERSON AWARE OF DOCTORED ILLEGAL EMAIL?
Considering all of the documented examples (see below)regarding Rodriguez’ disabling of his computer, and the 13 months it took for former Commissioner Nora Patterson to turn over her  doctored emails to Culverhouse attorneys, emails incriminating both Rodriguez and herself in criminal activity; can any reasonable person believe John Patterson was unaware of his wife’s involvement in attempting to cover up her illegal activities as testified by Rodriguez?
RODRIGUEZ AND PATTERSON CRIMINAL OFFENSE
For example, Rodriguez testified at the trial that an email exchange between himself and Nora Patterson on October 14, 2010, which concerned a campaign contribution, and information on a upcoming vote before the Sarasota County Commission to take place on October 26, 2010, was a criminal offense. The vote, as was mentioned above, concerned a multi-million dollar state and federally funded project in Osprey called the EEZ Project, was the basis for the jury award of $20 million to Culverhouse for having been defrauded by Rodriguez, Benderson and Sarasota County officials. (SEE ATTACHMENT NO. 3).
RODRIGUEZ THROWS COMMISSIONER PATTERSON “UNDER THE BUS”
Rodriguez further testified that he received information from former Commissioner Patterson that the EEZ Project would not be moving forward—twelve days before the vote was to take place. According to Rodriguez, Patterson had made up her mind to vote on behalf of Rodriguez’ desire for deferral of the EEZ Project BEFORE a discussion and vote on the EEZ Project took place before the Sarasota County Commission. This deferral vote financially benefited Rodriguez and was to the financial detriment of Culverhouse. (SEE ATTACHMENT NO.3)
RODRIGUEZ ADMITS “DOCTORING” EMAIL TO AVOID BEING CAUGHT GIVING

CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN EXCHANGE FOR INSIDE INFORMATION

Rodriguez testified at the trial that he doctored the October 14, 2010 email exchange  between himself and Commissioner Patterson by converting one email into two emails and labeling one email, “the EEZ” and the other “Donation.” Rodriguez’ explanation as to why he doctored the emails was that he did it in order to avoid a criminal offense, namely the donation of a campaign contribution in exchange for political favors. (SEE ATTACHMENT NO.2 and NO. 3)
RODRIQUEZ “DOCTORED” EMAIL SO AS “NOT  TO GO TO JAIL”
In addition, Rodriguez admitted he “doctored” the email in order “not to go to jail” and when further questioned about the alteration, he added that it, “would be illegal if he did not do so.”(SEE ATTACHMENT NO. 3)
PATTERSON LED DISCUSSION FOR DEFERRAL
Not only did Patterson vote for Rodriguez’ deferral, she led the discussion for deferral of the EZZ Project at the Sarasota County Commission meeting on October 26, 2010, which was replayed and viewed by the jury at the trial.
RODRIGUEZ DISABLES COMPUTER TO COVER UP ILLEGAL ACTION
What makes Rodriguez’ move to cover up this illegal action even more egregious is that Rodriguez attempted to disable his computer’s hard drive so that the email would not become available to Culverhouse attorneys. It was only after 13 months of requesting pertinent emails from Sarasota County officials that Sarasota County attorney for Nora Patterson, Allen Roddy gave up the emails, which provided the kind of clear evidence that sends public officials to jail. (SEE ATTACHMENT NO. 3)
PATTERSON’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JUDGE DONNELLAN

Also, Patterson will no doubt be asked about his relationship with Judge Nancy Donnellan, who refused to allow Nora Patterson to answer any questions either in a deposition or at trial about the EEZ Project, including questions about the emails Rodriguez said were criminal. Any legal scholar knows the legislative privilege does not cover acts described by Rodriguez relating to his emails with Commissioner Nora Patterson. John Patterson is an astute lawyer. He knows the Supreme Court case involving President Richard Nixon’s documents directly contradicts Donnellan’s ruling protecting his wife.

WILL PATTERSON BE THE EXPERT WITNESS FOR OTHER BENTLEY CLIENTS?
Another question to be asked now that John Patterson will be acting as an expert witness in the Culverhouse lawsuit against Bentley’s client Rodriguez, is will Patterson be an expert witness for other Bentley clients? For example, Bentley is the attorney for notorious local political operative, Bob Waechter in a lawsuit that has been filed against him by Lourdes Ramirez for fraudulently attempting to destroy Ramirez’ political credibility, which was a felony to which Waechter pleaded guilty.
NOTORIOUS POLITICAL OPERATIVE

CONNECTED TO PATTERSONS AND BENTLEY

Being an “expert ” witness for Waechter is certainly a possibility for John Patterson since according to the Sarasota  Herald Tribune, Waechter is a “close personal friend and has deep business ties with the Patterson’s.” Commissioner Nora Patterson is quoted in the Sarasota Herald Tribune (SHT) as, “knowing Waechter for decades and she and her husband have business dealings with him.”  The SHT further reported, “the Pattersons own property with Waechter,” as the SARASOTA PHOENIX has previously revealed.

Nora Patterson told the SHT that, “He’s (Waechter) is a good friend, and he does sometimes give me his opinion on an issue.” Patterson failed to mentioned Waechter put to together a PAC for her 2010 re-election campaign, which raised over $40,000.

“SLIMY, AWFUL, MISLEADING AND UNTRUE”

WAECHTER POLITICAL FLYER

The PAC assembled by Waechter in 2010, SARASOTA DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY, put out a flyer and made robo calls described as “mud-slinging” for the purpose of attacking Commissioner Patterson’s opponent, Mark Smith during her re-election campaign. The Sarasota Herald Tribune called the flyers attacking Patterson’s opponent as “slimy, awful, misleading and untrue.”
By the way, Bentley’s clients in addition to Rodriguez, who have been sued for various nefarious political actions include, among others, former County Commissioner Joe Barbetta, and present Sarasota County Commissioner Al Maio.
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