Ex-partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein faces sentencing for conspiracy

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MIAMI — A former law partner of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein is asking a federal judge for a lenient prison sentence after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge.

Stuart Rosenfeldt is seeking a sentence below the two-plus years recommended by sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke has a hearing set Thursday to impose sentence.

Rosenfeldt pleaded guilty in June to campaign finance violations involving contributions to the presidential campaign of Republican Sen. John McCain and the GOP Senate campaign of Charlie Crist, now running for Florida governor as a Democrat. Neither Crist nor McCain were implicated in the case.

Prosecutors say the contributions were meant burnish the reputation of the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm.

Rothstein is serving 50 years for operating a $1.2 billion Ponzi scam.

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