The 3rd District Court of Appeal doesn't seem interested in hearing anything more from disbarred attorney Jerrold Wingate on his attempt to get money out of cruise injury cases that he was forced to farm out.
Wingate lost control of the cases for allegedly paying off a Royal Caribbean employee to let him know the potential settlement value of 77 cases.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Herbert Stettin found Wingate violated his order by secretly trying to grab a share of the money after he was barred from getting any.
In his latest appeal decided Wednesday, Wingate asked for review of an order denying reimbursement of his costs.
"Mr. Wingate was evidently unfazed by the order of criminal contempt, undaunted by the unsuccessful appeal of that order and undeterred by the disciplinary proceedings and his ultimate disbarment. Four days after this court issued the mandate in the first appeal, and in what appears to be a textbook example of legal chutzpah, Wingate filed a motion with the trial court for disbursement of costs, asserting Wingate was entitled to costs incurred in cases which had not yet been settled at the time of the contempt hearing," Judge Kevin Emas wrote for a unanimous panel.
The court agreed with Stettin that Wingate shouldn't get anything.