Local Attorneys raise the Bar on Stupid Decisions

John Patterson and Morgan Bentley Raise the Bar on Stupid Decisions
Morgan Bentley, who is a politically connected attorney, made a recent mistake that shows that if it were not for his political connections, he’d be chasing ambulances. For example, Bentley filed a motion in a local court on March 11th to have Hugh Culverhouse Jr. be made to pay Bentley’s legal fees for defending Henry Rodriguez in the lawsuit filed by Culverhouse.  A lawsuit that awarded Culverhouse over $20 million when a jury agreed that Rodriguez and Randy Benderson had defrauded Culverhouse.  SEE ATTACHMENT NO. 1

What was equally dim witted, if not more so, was when Bentley and a local rainmaker attorney, along with yet another politically connected attorney , John Patterson agreed that Patterson should be Bentley’s “expert” witness in arguing the motion that Culverhouse pay Bentley’s legal fees.

PATTERSON AND BENTLEY RAISE THE BAR ON STUPID
However, after reading an article published by THE SARASOTA PHOENIX, which gave clear evidence that Bentley and Patterson are not the brightest bulbs on the tree and manage to raise the bar when it comes to mindless lawyers— Bentley and Patterson finally understood that making this motion and having Patterson act as an “expert” witness was not a good idea. So on April 15, 2016 Bentley removed his motion giving some lame excuse that was laughable.  SEE ATTACHMENT NO.2   
“LIGHT DAWNED ON MARBLEHEAD”
(This idiom is an expression of how we, who once lived in New England ,characterize dim witted individuals like Bentley and Patterson, who finally comprehend how foolishly they have acted.)

 The “light dawned on Marblehead” for Patterson and Bentley, and the Bentley motion with Patterson as an “expert” witness was “deep- sixed.” Patterson and Bentley wisely decided not to go head to head with former United States Federal Prosecutor, Hugh Culverhouse Jr. and his attorney, one the State of Florida’s most qualified litigator’s, Steven Hutton.

How completely absurd to think to use Patterson as an expert witness concerning a trial wherein a six  member jury, who considered all of the evidence presented by Culverhouse attorneys, had agreed  that Culverhouse was defrauded by a conspiracy? A fraudulent conspiracy  that involved John Patterson’s wife, who is a former Sarasota County Commissioner and now a candidate for the Florida State Senate, Nora Patterson.

PATTERSON JOINS DUBENSKY IN MAKING A MOCKERY OF LOCAL JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND INSULTING JURY
What a complete disgrace for John Patterson to get involved in this scandalous  judicial decision handed down by Judge Peter Dubensky, in which incredibly, Dubensky reversed the decision of six jurists, made up of four individuals with college degrees and one with a master’s degree.  The jury took meticulous notes, listened to all the witnesses, studied all the documents presented, listened to final arguments, adhered to Dubensky’s instructions on the rules of law involved in this civil case, deliberated for two days and then unanimously made the decision that Benderson and Rodriguez conspired with Sarasota County officials, which included Nora Patterson, to defraud Culverhouse and they awarded Culverhouse over $20 million dollars in damages.

“LIGHT DAWNS ON MARBLEHEAD”JURY AGREED CULVERHOUSE WAS DEFRAUDED- AWARDS $20 MILLION IN  DAMAGES

Why did the light dawn on local legal “marbleheads,” Bentley and Patterson? First of all, the lawsuit that Culverhouse filed against Rodriguez and Benderson for fraudulently  conspiring with Sarasota County officials was ruled in favor of Culverhouse by a six member jury, who awarded Culverhouse over $20 million in damages.

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

Incredibly as everyone fully understands, it was a scandalous local “home cooked” judicial decision by Dubensky that overrode the decision of the jury. A jury, who had clearly heard sworn testimony to the effect that local politicians like Nora Patterson should be under indictment for conspiring with Benderson and Rodriguez to defraud Culverhouse, instead of running for the Florida State Senate.

CULVERHOUSE APPEAL A PROBLEM FOR LOCAL JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Unfortunately for Dubensky, 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.
BENTLEY’S DEFENSE OF RODRIGUEZ A JOKE
It’s comical that Bentley asked to be compensated by Culverhouse for his defense of Rodriguez. First of all, Bentley has requested to be compensated for legal fees, even before Dubensky’s scandalous decision is reviewed by an Appeals Court in Lakeland. Furthermore, Bentley’s defense was a joke considering that every single motion placed by Culverhouse attorneys against Bentley’s client Rodriguez, was upheld by the jury. Even the bone given Bentley by Judge Dubensky’s scandalous reversal of the jury’s decision failed to cover up Bentley’s incompetence as a trial attorney.
PATTERSON MUST HAVE HAD TOO MUCH CHABLIS WITH HIS BRIE
What can John Patterson have been thinking to offer sworn testimony on a motion concerning a multi-million dollar legal case, which is headed to a Lakeland Appeals Court, wherein evidence has been given in the civil lawsuit against his wife, the former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, revealing that she was a member of the conspiracy to defraud Culverhouse. Sworn testimony that included, among other charges, that Nora Patterson illegally solicited campaign funds from Rodriguez in lieu of passing confidential information to him. For that to be refuted would be near impossible, since even Dubensky didn’t rule against that conclusion by the jury.

PATTERSON’S IGNORED HIS PREJUDICE AND LACK
OF PREVIOUS “EXPERT” TESTIMONY

How legally incompetent can John Patterson be in failing to understand that being asked under oath to produce documentation, as to his prior testimony in the  role of an expert witness is a bad idea—since he  has no such expertise.   In addition, there is little doubt that Patterson would  have been 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 evidence (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?

Most importantly did John Patterson finally comprehend that while being questioned by Culverhouse’s attorney, that he may reveal clear evidence that he should be indicted along with his wife, Rodriguez and others.  Case in point, was he was fully aware of the fraud perpetrated by Rodriguez, Nora Patterson and other Sarasota County officials?

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 an 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.

RODRIGUEZ THROWS NORA 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.
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.
RODRIGUEZ “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.
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.       
PATTERSON’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JUDGE DONNELLAN
In addition, John  Patterson must have realized he would 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 alleged to be an astute lawyer. Patterson knows the Supreme Court case involving President Richard Nixon’s documents directly contradicts Donnellan’s ruling protecting his wife.
PATTERSON AND BENTLEY GET HEADS OUT SAND 
No doubt Bentley and John Patterson finally got their heads out of the sand and understood how inane and foolish that they were in failing to comprehend that Patterson could be asked about his knowledge of illegal acts under oath, that included among other charges, that his wife, former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, illegally solicited campaign funds from Rodriguez in lieu of passing confidential information to him.  To refute this would be near impossible, since even Dubensky didn’t rule against that conclusion by the jury. The question now to be asked: IS JOHN PATTERSON AWARE OF NORA PATTERSON’S CRIMINAL ACTS AND PART OF A

 

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