Sun Sentinel Jurors may have to see some stuff they might never be able to unsee if a defendant who’s acting as his own attorney gets his way. The South Florida man wants to introduce sex tapes and intimate photographs of himself and his wife as evidence in his criminal trial to try to prove that his marriage was real and not just undertaken for immigration purposes.The trial of Rogerio Scotton — which starts Thursday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale — has nothing to do with sex. The Brazilian-born former professional racecar driver, who lived in Boca Raton and Margate before his arrest in March 2012, is charged with 27 counts of mail fraud and two counts of lying to immigration authorities. The 43-year-old businessman is accused of operating a multimillion dollar mail fraud involving shipping companies FedEx, UPS and DHL. Prosecutors say he stole millions of dollars from the shippers by creating phony accounts that fraudulently billed major companies like Target, WalMart and Apple between 2007 and 2012. Scotton’s Boca Raton-based online business, which sold electronic goods to Brazil, used the phony accounts to ship his customers’ purchases overseas, according to the indictment. Scotton, who is representing himself in court after falling out with a succession of six defense lawyers who represented him, is adamant that he is innocent of all the charges.He wants U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum to let him show what she called videos and photographs of “you and your wife engaged, I guess, in some very intimate acts” to the jurors who will decide his innocence or guilt. Scotton hopes to undermine the prosecution’s allegation that he lied about details of his marriage to a Cuban woman to get permanent resident status here. The 25-year U.S. resident said he has visible proof that the couple had a genuine marriage. Scotton’s desire to show jurors visual depictions of the more intimate side of the couple’s relationship caused the judge to schedule a court hearing Wednesday to view the footage and photos and decide if it would be legally appropriate. The judge told Scotton she wasn’t going to just “play that stuff in front of the jury and see what’s on there” without vetting it. “I don’t think that it would be fair to your wife,” Rosenbaum told Scotton, explaining she needs to ensure that he gets a fair trial without unnecessarily violating his wife’s privacy or introducing irrelevant matters.”Why is the privacy of my wife important at this point?” Scotton asked the judge. “I’m facing jail time.” “[Let’s] see if we can figure out a less intrusive way to prove the same thing,” Rosenbaum told him. Scotton, who has been locked up for 22 months, did not show the videos or photographs to the judge because he did not have them in court. The judge ordered Scotton to turn over the videos and photographs to prosecutor Bertha Mitrani, then diplomatically suggested that Scotton should try to reach an agreement with the prosecution that would avoid showing the images to jurors. Jury selection is scheduled for Thursday. The delay in going to trial was caused by Scotton’s inability to work with six defense lawyers, even filing suit against one of them, according to court records. Scotton eventually wound up representing himself — with Fort Lauderdale defense attorney Jason Kreiss appointed by the judge as standby counsel to help him. Scotton, who competed in the Miami Grand Prix and NASCAR events, said he has been falsely accused. “I have not committed these crimes they have accused me of,” said Scotton. He claims the criminal charges were filed in retaliation because he “blew the whistle” on what he claims was illegal drug-dealing by some of the shipping companies he is now accused of defrauding. The judge told him Wednesday he had offered no evidence to support those claims. “I don’t know what I’m going to tell the jury, but I’m going to try to tell the jury my best that I’m not guilty,” Scotton said.
If I ever had a captive audience that had no choice but to watch a video of me having sex, I would want the tape to be as freaky as possible, and I would want to give it “The Jim Ross Treatment” first. That is of course, overdubbing the tape with WWE announcer Jim Ross calling the action. Or if I was going to prison for the rest of my life, and it sounds like Rogerio Scotton might be, I would use my savings to pay Jim Ross to announce my sex tape:
“Jim Ross here at bedside where we have a heckuva main event, a real slobber knocker…and business is about to pick up! MY GOD! MY GOD! He just busted her in half! He is stomping a mudhole in her…mudhole! He is whipping her like a government mule!
I would want different camera angles, high definition, I want high production quality for my personal pornogrophy so I don’t let down a jury of my peers.
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