Former sheriff candidate, Vinny Angiolillo, defending himself in civil case

Vinnie Angiolillo, turns toward attorney Jeffrey Quinn, left, and legal partner Karen Beavin, right, as he questions attorney Peter Flood during Angiolillo's trial at the Collier County Courthouse on Dec. 17, 2009. Since Angiolillo failed in his bid for Sheriff, he has been sought by numerous bill collectors. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Vinnie Angiolillo, turns toward attorney Jeffrey Quinn, left, and legal partner Karen Beavin, right, as he questions attorney Peter Flood during Angiolillo's trial at the Collier County Courthouse on Dec. 17, 2009. Since Angiolillo failed in his bid for Sheriff, he has been sought by numerous bill collectors. Greg Kahn/Staff

— Vinny Angiolillo was known for his tuxedo shorts and bow tie during his failed bid for Collier County sheriff.

But on Thursday, Angiolillo wasn’t wearing the outfit he wears for his business, Class Act Limousine. He was defending himself in court, known in legal lingo as “pro se.” He dressed the part of a lawyer, looking snazzy in a black suit and pink tie, the four corners of a pink handkerchief peeking out of his blazer pocket as he questioned witness after witness, including three lawyers, a legal assistant and his own wife Susan.

He’d refused to pay defense attorney Dominic Lucarelli and his law partner, Karen Beavin, for their representation in a domestic violence criminal case that was dropped and a civil case involving a dispute over property. Another partner in Lucarelli, Beavin and Quinn PA, Jeffrey Quinn, angrily suggested Angiolillo never bothered to sign and return his contract — and is using that as an excuse not to pay about $4,300.

And as pro se trials usually go, tempers flared, objections were lengthy and turned into testimony, and testimony took twice as long as it normally would.

“The question here is, ‘Did he ask you yada, yada, yada,’” Collier County Judge Vince Murphy told Susan Angiolillo, who didn’t understand a lengthy question by Quinn that Murphy had paraphrased once before.

There were allegations Vinny Angiolillo had an affair with his former business partner, Crystal; that Lucarelli cursed at the Angiolillos when they questioned his strategy; and that he didn’t follow their wishes to keep them apprised of all hearings and depositions.

“Your case was such a jumbled mess,” Lucarelli testified during questioning by Angiolillo, who called him as his witness. “You were calling me all day … and your friends were dropping things off at all hours of the night.”

“You were considered a high-maintenance client,” Lucarelli testified later, his voice rising. “I took good care of you. … I met with you on Sundays and Sunday evenings.”

By 4:30 p.m., the trial had already lasted nearly eight hours over two separate days and the star witness has yet to testify: Angiolillo himself.

The judge wasn’t certain when he’d have time to finish hearing testimony and closing arguments.

“This hurts me to suggest this, but if you there’s any way you could resolve this, I’d encourage that,” Murphy told Angiolillo and the three attorneys.

That’s doubtful.

Outside court, Angiolillo said he’d already paid the firm about $30,000 for several cases, even this, but refuses to pay for fees, including a court reporter’s bills, unless he’s provided with an itemized list. He’d already shown he’d hired another attorney, Peter Flood, to help gather evidence for his trial and wasn’t going to pay Lucarelli for that pretrial preparation.

And what he objected to most is a $2,500 “trial fee” because his case was dropped June 4, 2008, the day his domestic violence trial was to begin.

“The jury was never empaneled so I owe him nothing,” Angiolillo said. “That’s what this is all about.”

Angiolillo said he accrued this debt and others, including credit card bills and a foreclosure, after defending himself in court following his October 2007 arrest, which came a week after announcing he was running against Kevin Rambosk, who was then the undersheriff and won. Angiolillo was charged with two misdemeanor counts of violating a domestic violence injunction.

He rejected all plea bargains and dropped defense attorney Lee Hollander after he negotiated two 180-day consecutive jail terms. Then he hired Beavin, who withdrew over an ethical dispute, so he hired Lucarelli.

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mothernature writes:

Why don't you bring out Lucarelli is in foreclosure himself? A big bad attorney? No wonder he needs the $2,500...

http://apps.collierclerk.com/public_i...

mothernature writes:

And did you notice who is defending Lucarelli for not paying his bills? ironically his law partner. Wonder how much his partner is getting or are they suing Vinny so they get some money to pay for Lucarelli's defense for NOT paying his OWN bills. Seems kind of ironic to me...

sunburnt writes:

Vinny Angiolillo, Dominic Lucarelli, oh, aye, faggeddaboutit. sounds like the cast from the Sopranos

mothernature writes:

Lucarelli has criminal traffic issues in Collier County, and here's another contract indebtedness he had problems with where he was the defendant...unless there's more than one Domenico Lucarelli
http://apps.collierclerk.com/public_i...

Wonder what else a little digging would do?

mothernature writes:

If he's the one from New York, he can get some money he's due up there..

http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf_recent...

BackwoodsBill writes:

"Outside court, Angiolillo said he’d already paid the firm about $30,000 for several cases, even this, but refuses to pay for fees, including a court reporter’s bills, unless he’s provided with an itemized list."
I went to Google translate, but I couldn't find a source language. I wanted to translate this sentence into English.

beetlejuice writes:

in response to BackwoodsBill:

"Outside court, Angiolillo said he’d already paid the firm about $30,000 for several cases, even this, but refuses to pay for fees, including a court reporter’s bills, unless he’s provided with an itemized list."
I went to Google translate, but I couldn't find a source language. I wanted to translate this sentence into English.

It boils down to itemize your bills or no money 4 you. As much as he is a moron with elephant stunt, it's nice to see him fighting back for basic common sense. And as a judge, honorable or not...yada, yada, yada, is ridiculous on all levels. You're a judge...act like one.

paysattention writes:

will they be calling the airport road elephant for testimony?

yo, elephant.

paysattention writes:

"Another partner in Lucarelli, Beavin and Quinn PA, Jeffrey Quinn, angrily suggested Angiolillo never bothered to sign and return his contract — and is using that as an excuse not to pay about $4,300."

Well, just shoot me. If this becomes a contracts issue, and there isn't a signed contact, then, well...

swampparadise writes:

Gosh, sounds like we're lucky this guy did NOT get elected sheriff!

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SoMuchOlderThen writes:

in response to sunburnt:

Vinny Angiolillo, Dominic Lucarelli, oh, aye, faggeddaboutit. sounds like the cast from the Sopranos

.....with Vinny played by Paul Sorvino

deport_them_all writes:

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SoMuchOlderThen writes:

A former candiate for Sherriff is up to his eyeballs in legal troubles.......
One of the leading defense attornies in the county is having his home foreclosed......
And then, we have this stellar peice of journalsim from Aisling Swift, always out to author The Great American Novel:
But on Thursday, Angiolillo wasn’t wearing the outfit he wears for his business, Class Act Limousine. He was defending himself in court, known in legal lingo as “pro se.” He dressed the part of a lawyer, looking snazzy in a black suit and pink tie, the four corners of a pink handkerchief peeking out of his blazer pocket as he questioned witness after witness, including three lawyers, a legal assistant and his own wife Susan.

Once and for all time, ladies and gentlemen, good people.....is this entire( expletive deleted ) county just an absolute disgrace? So much stupidity, so rampant, from top to bottom ( admittedly there is parity though ).

To hell with the Chicago Cubs. A giant fence should be built around the whole perimeter of Collier County, and it could be labeled Disneyworld South....or The Twilight Zone.

Informer writes:

Who needs a good novel, a new movie release or an opening night on stage? This is great theatre! You couldn't find better writers in Hollywood! These characters are right out of Central Casting... including the Judge!!!

CaptKidd writes:

You have to admit Vinny is a colorful character.

mothernature writes:

Deport-them-all, Me thinks your statement is libelous. There's no proof he was driving or drinking when the crash occurred.

deport_them_all writes:

We both know Victor is just like you and your kind bitter losers who whine while drinking wine. Next time he WILL NOT be so lucky. He'll look good in orange.

mothernature writes:

in response to deport_them_all:

We both know Victor is just like you and your kind bitter losers who whine while drinking wine. Next time he WILL NOT be so lucky. He'll look good in orange.

Luck had nothing to do with it. And I don't drink, thank you very much. Go stick your head back in the sand.

GeeRide writes:

in response to deport_them_all:

We both know Victor is just like you and your kind bitter losers who whine while drinking wine. Next time he WILL NOT be so lucky. He'll look good in orange.

Easy there DTA, mother does not like it when people don't talk nice about his boss. It also appears that someone at VO Investigations does not like Mr. Lucarelli so much, so it's OK for you to say bad things about him.

brighteyes writes:

I have nothing to do with Victor Ortino; however, I do know that he was not arrested for drunk driving so why would anyone accuse him of such? This scares me because he was never a threat to Rambosk (as the voting showed) but still, just because he chose to run for Collier County Sheriff, some people continue to want to trash his name. I just don't get it. I thought that in this country, that's why we have a vote. I commend Victor Ortino and Vinnie for running for sheriff, and anyone else who has the guts to in the next election. They had a vision and presented it to the voters. We were then allowed to vote for whom we thought was the best candidate. Yes, Rambosk won, so why would anyone still try to trash the other candidates just because they had the guts to run for sheriff? I would venture to guess that if Victor Ortino had been drinking to excess the night of his accident, he most definitely would have been arrested for DUI. We all need to be thankful that we are allowed to vote for our leaders in this country even though it seems that some never want any other candidates to run.

paysattention writes:

brighteyes, you're absolutely right. That's what happens to people who are permitted to operate in anonymity. There's no more verbal screen, and the vitriol is easy to spew. Cowards, actually.

deport_them_all writes:

I'll be more then glad to ID myself as soon as Mother Nature ID's itself.

As for Victor these are the facts:
He crashed his motorcycle
He admitted to drinking prior to the accident
He got lucky this time but do it once and you'll do it again. Next time..........

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