Fla. lawyer's hiring of city police for personal security raises questions

By Brittany Wallman and Jon Burstein

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — High-profile attorney Scott Rothstein, concerned about security since a friend and colleague was strangled in March 2008, is paying city police to guard his home 24 hours a day - a unique arrangement that could cost him almost $400,000 year.

"Until you're in the position that someone close to you is murdered by someone else that you trusted, you don't understand how it turns your life upside down," Rothstein said. Rothstein has been paying to have a uniformed officer in a marked police car outside his home in a gated community since April.

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