In an update to this story, Scott Rothstein, the Florida lawyer accused of running a massive ponzi scheme, has been officially disbarred. Although he submitted his request to the Florida Bar Association earlier this week to have his license stripped, it did not become official until action was taken by the State Supreme Court. The Florida Bar has removed Rothstein from a grievance committee that considers ethics complaints against lawyers as well.
Rothstein also lost his seat on the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Governor Crist, who appointed Rothstein to the seat a few days before Rothstein donated $140,000 to the state Republican Party, suspended him on Tuesday. There is no requirement that a member of the commission be a lawyer. The Republican Party, along with several individual politicians, has returned the donation.