Ted Rollins, CEO of Campus Crest Communities, smoked marijuana at a party last summer to celebrate approval of his student-housing complex under The Grove banner at Colorado State University.
Rollins smoked the illegal drug, and encouraged underaged individuals to join in, at a party hosted by a woman named Josie Plaut in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sherry Carroll Rollins, Ted's ex wife and a Birmingham resident, makes the revelations in the second installment of a videotaped interview with Legal Schnauzer. (See the interview at the end of this post.)
How does Sherry Rollins know about the illegal drug activity? Sarah Rollins, her daughter with Ted Rollins, was along for the trip, at her father's insistence. Sarah Rollins, then 17, was one of several teens who made the trip to Fort Collins to help sell The Grove project to city officials.
Sarah Rollins reported the marijuana smoking to her mother and admitted that she joined in the festivities, at the invitation of her father.
The project at Colorado State has been controversial and met stiff opposition for several reasons, Sherry Rollins reports. One, it is to be built on 27 acres next to a residential neighborhood. Also, citizens have raised concerns about noise, traffic, and environmental degradation.
The Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Commission rejected Campus Crest's first proposal. The company then brought IBE on board, and with Plaut's apparent support, a revised plan was approved last June. You can check out a transcript here of a marathon P & Z meeting that ended, in the wee hours of the morning, with approval of The Grove project.
Campus Crest now has 32 projects either completed or planned around the country, with one in the works for the University of Maine. The student newspaper there provides an excellent summary of controversies facing Campus Crest at various locations. One of those locations soon will be at Auburn University here in Alabama.
As for the situation at Colorado State, does IBE generally make it a practice to conduct business with developers who violate drug laws and encourage young people to do the same? Is IBE concerned about the message Ted Rollins' behavior sends to parents who might consider having children live at The Grove?
The answers to those questions remain unclear. I left voice messages with Josie Plaut and Brian Dunbar, director of the institute, seeking an interview about their role in approval of The Grove project. When those messages were not returned, I e-mailed them and again asked for an interview on a variety of subjects, including drug-related activities during Ted Rollins' visit to Fort Collins. In an e-mail reply that I received yesterday afternoon, Ms. Plaut stated:
The assertion that illegal drug use occurred at my home is completely false. Further, the assertion that there was a party at my home the night of the Planning and Zoning meeting is also completely false. I am respectfully declining to answer your list of questions.
Plaut went on to state that neither she nor Dunbar would be available for interviews. It should be noted that my questions did not assert that a party took place at Ms. Plaut's home the night of the Planning and Zoning meeting; after all, that meeting, according to public records, lasted well past midnight. The questions addressed a party that took place at Ms. Plaut's home sometime during Ted Rollins' stay in Fort Collins.
Is it possible that Ms. Plaut was not aware of drug activities taking place during an event at her home? Of course it is. Sherry Rollins, in a statement to us that was based on a first-hand account from her daughter, did not say that Ms. Plaut knew of the activity or participated in it.
We sent an e-mail to Ted Rollins, posing questions about his activities in Fort Collins. He has not responded.
This much seems clear:
* Neither Ms. Plaut nor Mr. Dunbar are in any hurry to answer questions about their activities connected to Ted Rollins and The Grove project at Colorado State;
* Ted Rollins got both a nice deal and a "Rocky Mountain High" while in Colorado.
I just looked up if medical marijuana was legal in Fort Collins. Guess what? It is. There are medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the city. How do you know that Josie and Brian don't have licenses to smoke it for a medical condition, IF they even do smoke? And further more, you should not be exploiting an 18 year old girl, Sarah, for supposedly "smoking pot" when she was 17 and possibly taking away her chances to go to whatever schools she wants to go to, and or work wherever she would like to work. She is an innocent girl who has done nothing to you at all. Speaking of innocence, Sarah is my best friend, and she tells me EVERYTHING. She informed me after the post was written that she never smoked pot and especially didn't smoke pot in Colorado. And she said neither did her dad, or anybody else that was present because they were too busy. And by the way, in that post you discussed about her contacting you and you not contacting her at all, well, I know that is a lie. She was at my house when she got onto her Facebook on my computer and had a rude message from you. I took a picture of my screen with my computer if I need to show any proof. I read it with my own eyes. I understand that you are hoping that by posting all of these horrible things that you will get money from Ted and Zach. It's very obvious. It would be swell for the whole Rollins and Parish family if you would stop writing about them and leave them alone. I know Ted well, and he is a very good man and father. And I know Zach, and he is a great big brother to his little sisters and cares about them dearly. So PLEASE... please just leave them all alone. Your writing sucks anyways.
"Comment moderation has been enabled. All comments must be approved by the blog author." i just tried to post a comment and this is what popped up. you are a hypocrite and your writing sucks.
you really should examine why you want to ruin an 18 year olds life...
Looks like somebody is writing comments to Legal Schnauzer while at recess. That's a first.
I generally don't respond to someone who comes up with insightful comments like: "You are a douche bag." But I will say this:
In my mind, this post makes Sarah Rollins look good. It shows that she's a big enough person to tell the truth and forward information about unlawful activity to her mother. It shows that Sarah has a conscience, which might be a first for someone with Rollins blood running through their veins.
It also shows that Sarah has an honest, open relationship with her mother, in spite of all the turmoil they have been through together. For that, they both should be applauded.
It also shows that Sherry Rollins is an unusually honest, conscientious mother--and those traits have rubbed off on Sarah. She certainly did not get them from her father.
Any college that would put a black mark by Sarah Rollins' name because of this isn't worth attending. Colleges need young people who might not be perfect but who are honest and have a conscience.
If I were on an admissions committee at any college, I would welcome Sarah Rollins with open arms.
By the way, I too have a copy of my Facebook message to Sarah Rollins, and there was nothing rude about it. I only sent it because she had called me at home the night before and indicated she wanted to establish a line of communication. That's fact.
For the record, below is a link to marijuana laws in Colorado. It is illegal unless a patient has written documentation from a doctor for medical use, and then can only be a very small amounts. It seems unlikely that Ted Rollins was smoking weed for medical reasons:
I'm 19. I'm out of school.
Congratulations. Did you graduate from Mountain Brook High?
The ridiculous drug laws aside, there's nothing wrong with smoking pot & I think it should be re-legalized. If he did, it's the one positive thing Mr. Rollins has done so far and he needs to puff, puff on a big ass Bahama's Joint and pass it around to the entire staff of the Bradley Arant Law Firm. In fact, the entire Alabama Legal Community & the US Military should smoke more of it. Getting high beats having a war or complex litigation.
As Jamie Fox impersonating President Bill Clinton visiting Osama Bin Laden once said, "Pick up a bong and put down the bombs!"
I'm not trying to play "Chatty Cathy" here. Just posting my opinion.
That's fine, and you certainly are welcome to read and comment here. Like pretty much all bloggers (I think), I've found that moderating comments is a must. If you don't do it, your posts get taken over by spam, wacky comments, etc. I think regular readers will tell you that I have a pretty liberal policy on comments. The 90-plus comments on my recent post about the death of lawyer Chace Swatek are evidence of that. I do block commenters who use personal attacks (against me or others), offensive language, or information that I know to be false. That's pretty much where I draw the line.
You should know that I consider Rollins v. Rollins to be a matter of utmost seriousness. I've studied the case file and researched issues surrounding the case for almost two years. I only became aware of the case because Sherry Rollins brought it to my attention. She was concerned that the divorce case was handled unlawfully and filled me in on details. When I researched the matter, I found that she was absolutely right in her suspicions.
Ms. Rollins was horribly victimized by the court system, as were Sarah and Emma. As Sarah's friend, you should know that court records show that Sarah has been robbed of thousands and thousands of dollars, as has her younger sister. I can't put a dollar figure on it yet, but it's large--and the theft job has caused Sarah, Emma, and their mother to be on food stamps.
You might think Ted Rollins is a sweet guy, but the court record tells a different story. The Rollins divorce case, in essence, is a story about a massive theft--just as if someone broke into your home and stole just about everything you owned or were entitled to.
That's what has been done to your friend Sarah. I don't think Sarah herself even knows how badly she has been cheated. One of my hopes is that someday I can sit down with her and Emma, show them the court file and explain what has been done to rob them of the only childhood they will ever have.
This really boils down to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees all of us due process and equal protection of the law. Certain judges and lawyers in the Birmingham area butchered the constitution in order to cheat the Rollins girls and their mother.
I'm getting long winded but I want to help you understand that this is extremely serious stuff. Sarah, Emma, and Sherry have been the victims of grotesque crimes. And make no mistake, lawyers, judges, and other individuals have engaged in criminal acts here. People should go to federal prison for what has been done in Rollins v. Rollins.
The weed smoking is a sidebar issue that only gives a glimpse into Ted Rollins' disregard for the law and his poor influence on young people.
Much more important stuff than a little grass is at stake here. In essence, Sarah and Emma have been the victims of an unusual form of child abuse. If you are a good friend to Sarah, you will want to see that the truth comes out and justice is served. She deserves it because no child should have people in positions of power abuse them in this way.
I've been cheated in court myself, as has my wife, and we know that it's hard for an adult. I can't imagine how hard it is for a child. Our experience has taught us that truth is the best way to fight back against injustice.
I applaud Sarah Rollins for speaking the truth to her mother, and I applaud Sherry Rollins for having the courage to go on camera and speak the truth.
I've noticed more and more people openly discussing smoking pot. On a chat show Brad Pitt was complimented on how beautifully he rolled joints at a party. Yet it seems blacks go to prison for the same behavior. Is this fair? Unless Sarah were found guilty of drug use and had a record I doubt it would be a consideration with college admissions people.
I think you make a good point. Regardless of what one thinks about pot laws, I think the theme of this little scenario is that Ted Rollins is a poor influence on his daughter and other young people. I see no indication that Sarah Rollins was looking to smoke weed or anything of that nature. She apparently just did it to appease her father. If my father had encouraged me to partake in something like this, I probably would have done it too. Who doesn't want to please their father?
I don't want to pretend to be able to read Sarah Rollins' mind, but I've spoken with her mother at length over almost two years' time. From what I know about that family unit, Sarah probably would have rather been back in Alabama with her friends than at a party in Colorado with people she didn't know. She didn't ask to be taken along as a "model" for her dad's business purposes. That was his idea. It also was his idea to take her and other young people to a P&Z meeting that lasted until somewhere in the 2 a.m. range. (That sounds like fun, doesn't it?) And it probably was his idea to throw the party and bring young people along. From what I understand, Sarah Rollins was used as a puppet for Campus Crest Communities, and it was unfair for her to be put in that position.
My understanding is that Ted Rollins periodically swoops in on his private jet to sweep Sarah and Emma off to various locales, but they usually would rather stay in Alabama with their mother and their friends.
Thanks for your comment. As always, entertaining and well thought out.
You might be interested in this: I've noticed several times in recent weeks, that someone appears to be messing with our phones. These periods tend to coincide with posts about Ted Rollins. Do you think a powerful law firm like Bradley Arant would have the pull to screw around with the phone service of someone who is reporting honestly about one of their clients.
Perhaps the Alabama State Bar or the judicial cartel also could pull such a stunt. When it happened the first time, I thought it might be a technical glitch on my end. But with it happening now multiple times, and nothing appears to be wrong on my end, I'm starting to think certain individuals are violating federal law by tampering with our phones.
Surely the Alabama State Bar and a powerful law firm would not engage in such shenanigans.
If you only knew Sarah. She is extremely well adjusted. She likes to think she has had an amazing childhood. So don't act like you know how Emma and her feel about their childhood. Because you don't. You're not inside of their brains, listening to what they're thinking about in reference to their childhood. I say this because of what they have told me, personally, as well as being around them all of the time. In spite of all that they have lost in the divorce, their mother has managed to give them an awesome childhood. Through adversity, Sarah and Emma Rollins have learned that it is the simple things in life that really matter. I think that is the most important thing for a child to learn whilst growing up, in my opinion. "We are not victims. We are survivors." -Sarah Rollins
AND FOR THE RECORD! I think marijuana should be legalized. It is a whole lot safer then alcohol. At least it doesn't impair your vision. And make you slur your words. And make you do stupid shit. And lose your liver. Your also a lot nicer usually. And happy :)
I understand that you and your wife have been through a whole lot.... I have some advice for you.. IF you chose to take it:
Roll up a fat one and some one of them a day.
Then maybe you won't attack so many people and be so angry with the world.
So, remember how I asked you to take off the "Douchebag" comment? Because, frankly, i wasn't exactly sure that any of my posts were going to post, so i typed it, again not expecting it to post. So please take it off. I don't want to seem like an ignorant little girl.
Thanks for your insights, and I hope you are right about Sarah. I wish her only good things.
Here's a point worth making, though: Just because someone has adjusted well to adversity does not mean crimes have not been committed against them. It does not mean that we, as a society, should ignore those crimes.
Some rape victims, I'm sure, adjust remarkably well after enduring horrific trauma. That doesn't mean their rapists should not be held accountable.
I feel pretty certain you would agree with me on that.
Another point: Under the law, crimes are not just committed against an individual; they are committed against society. That's why a criminal case is styled "State of Alabama v. Smith" or "United States v. Williams."
Sarah, Emma, and Sherry Rollins are not the only victims in this case. A crime has been committed against our social order. That's why it matters to me; that's why I hope it matters to you.
The state is supposed to protect Sarah (and all of us) from predators like the judges, lawyers, and certain parties in Rollins v. Rollins. So far, the state has failed miserably in this instance.
If we ignore this sort of corruption, it will continue to happen to other innocent people--both adults and children.
A lot of people agree with you on marijuana. I certainly think it should be available legally for those who need it for medicinal reasons.
FWIW, I'm not big on marijuana, alcohol or any substances that are generally considered to be mind altering. And as long as marijuana is against the law, I think it's a good idea not to use it.
For better or worse, I tend to go through life stone cold sober--and that isn't easy. In fact, I'm not even sure it's healthy in this day and age.
With all of the horror stories in our dysfunctional society, I can understand why many people self medicate with very substances.
Here is a great quote that is attributed to J. Krishnamurti:
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
Did you seriously just compare this to a rape victim case? That's extremely dramatic. I know rape victims, some of them family, friends, even myself in a certain way. So that is very offensive and to me it seems as if you are looking down upon rape victims by comparing them to this situation. You should seriously consider what you compare stuff to. Apparently, you've never been raped. Right? Hope you feel so much better about yourself now.
Will do. I hadn't seen your request about removing that. Might have slipped by me.
You don't need mind altering drugs. But have you ever considered that the ultimate high is being able to write things about people in a negative matter, and having it stick to their name in a Google search engine for the rest of their lives?
You seem to be putting words into my mouth, and you should be above that.
I didn't compare rape to any other crime, including ones committed in Rollins v. Rollins. I used rape as an example of trauma--one of many kinds that people can experience in life. And I stated that even if someone adjusts well to the most horrific crime, that does not absolve the perpetrator of the crime. I've spoken with Sherry Rollins enough to know that she has been traumatized, and she feels her girls have been to. It's not rape, but it should not be minimized. The fact that the trauma was caused by "officers of the court" makes it particularly troubling, in my view.
You want to be taken seriously here, and I appreciate that. But you have suggested that breaking the law is a good way to deal with problems. You signed a comment, suggesting that you are the self-appointed spokesperson for the Rollins family; I think they can speak for themselves. In fact, I've given them numerous oppotunities to speak for themselves. Finally, you compared journalism to a form of getting high.
If you want to be taken seriously, I would suggest that you give a little more thought to what you write. I've cut you quite a bit of slack here because I know you've become a regular member of the Rollins household in recent months, for whatever reason.
But reporting on matters of public record, that involve deep corruption in our taxpayer-funded courts, is not a "high" and it isn't fun. That you would make such a suggestion is offensive to me and anyone else who reports on matters of public interest.
If you can show that you are capable of discussing serious matters in a mature manner, you are welcome here any time. But you need to give some thought to what you are writing. Otherwise, I'm going to have to consider cutting you off.
I feel for Sherry Rollins. She must be second guessing herself. Did she do the right thing in coming to Roger? KPT,do you think it is being a good mother to allow yourself to be cheated and bullied? What kind of message would that send to her daughters? It takes a lot of guts to stand up and fight. If the courts had done their job this would not be happening. Do you think the lawyers and judges going along with cheating Sherry Rollins care about the Rollins family? Do you think allowing Ted Rollins to get away with what he has done has done Ted Rollins any favors. The answer is Ted Rollins has probably been harmed as much as anyone. If the lawyers and judges cared about Ted their actions would have been different. In the heat of divorce people sometimes aren't thinking clearly. That's why the courts must do their job. Each lawyer and judge involved in hurting this family did it for one reason. Protecting their own career, period.
You raise a number of good points. I can't speak for Sherry Rollins, and I don't know what her thoughts are at the moment. But deep down, I think she knows she did the right thing by coming to me. Sherry has been surrounded for years by people posing as her "friends" who did nothing in the face of the court-sanctioned assault against her and her daughters. In fact, many of these friends wound up seemingly working against her.
I've only touched the surface of the Rollins v. Rollins story. Sherry has told me of at least two incidents, before she moved to Alabama, that sound like someone was trying to have her killed. Both involved curious vehicle mishaps--and Sarah and Emma were involved in one of them and needed medical treatment as a result. People have no idea just how harrowing this whole Rollins story really has been.
My wife and I are the only two people I am aware of who have taken Sherry and her story seriously. We are the only people who have taken affirmative steps to expose what really happened. I told Sherry from day one that I am a journalist--nothing more, nothing less. And I said if I researched her story and found it to be legitimate--and it very definitely is--that I would report it in a professional, complete manner. I told her that I could not guarantee any specific outcome, although I hoped something good would come from my reporting for her, Sarah, and Emma. I only asked that she tell me the truth, in a full and complete way. I believe she has done that. Whenever I have verified anything that Sherry Rollins has told me, it always has checked out.
I think Sherry has taught her daughters an important lesson: That, no, you do not just sit back in the face of bullying and abuse. You stand up for yourself, and you stand up for justice in general. You stand up for a society that is based on order and the law.
I hope KPT and others will take that lesson to heart. The young people coming along are going to be faced with getting our country back on the right track. And that can't happen without a justice system that we can depend on.
What we have now is a glorified version of organized crime. That needs to come to a halt. I've made a vow to myself that I'm going to do my part, even if it's the last thing I do on this earth.
O.K. who gets the rights for the movie version of all of this. Now that would make a lovely reality show.
Whether m.j. is legal or not in the state, parents really shouldn't be using drugs around their underage kids at a public party. its bad parenting.
I generally find your blog fascinating and informative. It's kind of like Radio Free Alabama. But I've got to admit, I'm with kpt on this one. Whatver the larger issues are here, on a basic-humanity level, it's a pretty douche-bag move to out people for smoking a little pot.
I've written 2,092 posts over 4 1/2 years on this blog, and this is the first post about pot smoking. It's not a subject of much interest to me, and I have shown no desire to become a member of the "pot police."
Under normal circumstances, I would have not have addressed this issue. But Ted Rollins is not a "normal Joe," and these are not normal circumstances. Consider:
* Rollins is the CEO of a publicly traded company that completed a $380-million IPO on Wall Street in 2010. That means investors from around the country, probably from around the world, have sunk significant sums into Campus Crest Communities. They have a right to know how the CEO conducts himself on a company-related business trip.
* Campus Crest markets itself as the source of "fully loaded" living around the country, a place where college students can live in a healthful, engaging environment, one that promotes growth and learning. Students and their parents have a right to know how the Campus Crest CEO conducts himself on a company-related business trip.
* Campus Crest is building large apartment complexes in college towns around the country. Those complexes can affect quality of life, for better or worse, for hundreds of thousands of people who live in those communities. They have a right to know how the Campus Crest CEO conducts himself on a company-related business trip.
* The biggest issue here, in my view, might be the role of IBE, the institute at Colorado State. It seems to portray itself as an objective, enlightened source of information regarding "green" issues. But the fact that IBE personnel were partying with Rollins and others hints that IBE wasn't all that objective. It's known that CCC paid for IBE's services, and a reasonable person might ask if the institute's seal of approval can more or less be bought for the right price. A source tells us that IBE personnel have made it a habit of paryting at various locations with CCC folks, so taxpayers might want to ask exactly what kind of "green" is of interest to IBE.
Bottom line? There are a lot of stakeholders involved here: investors, students, parents, taxpayers, citizens, college administrators. Ted Rollins and CCC answer to a lot of people, or at least they should, so this issue goes way beyond what you or KPT might think about it.
Pot smoking might or might not be a big deal. But if I were one of those stakeholders, I would want to know about Ted Rollins's business-related activities.
Come to think of it, I am one of those stakeholders. My tax dollars support Auburn University, where a CCC complex is in the works.
If some Alabama citizens want to blow this off, that's fine. If others want to take it seriously, that's fine, too. The important thing is that they have information about the CEO of a company that might be coming soon to their very own backyard.
Off the top of my head I can think of one reason introducing a daughter to pot might not be a good idea. What if she likes it and wants to buy some for herself later. Where would she go to buy it? Might not be type folks her dad would choose for his daughter.
I suspect that Rollins is a bad person and his business dealings deserve close scrutiny. But, in the same way it's uncool to out a gay person - unless he or she is promoting homophobia (as gay GOPers often do), it's also uncool to go all loco parentis because some grownups happened to be smoking weed around or even with some teenagers - unless of course the adults are drug-hawks in their public life. My friends and I smoked pot with the oldsters regularly back in olden days and we went on to become doctors, lawyers, professors, scientists, entrepreneurs et cetera. I dare say millions had much the same experience. Not recommending it, just saying it's not cause for an intervention. It smacks of moral hysteria.
We come at this from different angles, but I appreciate your thoughts.
You might appreciate the comment from Robby Scott Hill above. Rob says the news re: pot is the first positive thing he's learned about Ted Rollins.
"it's a pretty douche-bag move to out people for smoking a little pot."
If we were talking about a good or honest person I would agree with that, but Rollins is obviously a douchebag and I guarantee that he supports politicians who continue the phony "war on drugs" so he's a ripe target for ANY truthful reporting on the subject because of his hypocrisy. That being said, LEGALIZE IT!
I get what Kalkaino is saying. Felt a little below the belt somehow when I first read it then I started thinking of the practical reality of what was being presented. What happens if you are caught in possession of pot? Does it depend on your color? Whatever happens to some it appears Ted Rollins isn't worried the law would apply to him. This blog is about injustice and many are in prison for doing what others feel isn't even an issue and shouldn't be a part of the discussion. Maybe pot should be legalized if it is this mainstream. I'm curious. What has been your experience. What happened when someone in your circle was busted. A fine? Did it go on their record? How do you feel having a substance you have to hide. Where do you go to buy it? Seems to me it requires a person to behave in a sneaky manner. It may feel like below the belt journalism but is it? In a way pot is an appropriate issue for this blog because of the injustice in how the laws are applied to some and not others.
Anon at 1:48:
I love your comment because it seems to give me credit for deeper thinking than I actually used. In fact, some might say I'm not even capable of deep thinking on that level. Anyway, I love it.
Seriously, I applaud the fact you've given this some profound thought. You really have taken it to a deeper level than I did.
I assume your questions are for Kalkaino? As for me, I'm an unbelievable boring, sober person--Mrs. Schnauzer can attest to that. I can honestly say I've yet to take my first puff of mj--inhaled or otherwise. I wouldn't have had to equivocate the way Bill Clinton did. Of course, I probably would have been a pretty crappy president, too.
Every Dollar Bill needs to say "In Weed We Trust." Every Alabama Lawyer who is the subject of this blog needs to attend an approved CLE in San Francisco and smoke Weed before, during and after the lecture. This state would change overnight.
Is H&R Block aware of RSH's take on marijuana?
Maybe I've missed it, but how come this blog and the Atlanta Journal Constitution aren't all over the next great Rollins family divorce?
I overheard in Atlanta three weeks ago that Danielle Rollins has filed for divorce from Glen Rollins because of "several hundred" infidelities and that even two months at the same in-patient sex clinic Tiger Woods attended couldn't cure him of his itch.
I feel bad for the family. They've given a lot to charities in Atlanta. But with all you report here about other family members, some of which seems hard to believe, one can only hope that Glen will be the first Rollins male divorcee to act with dignity and actually take responsibility for himself and to look out for his kids and soon to be ex as their mother. I hope he takes the high road.
It's sad what's happening to that family. Too much money or financial freedom or whatever has led the Rollins family to lose our Georgian family values.
Good luck to them.
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