That quote in the title is taken directly from a Sarasota Herald Tribune article and it quotes the Chief Judge of the Manatee/Sarasota Circuit. Full Story here. That honorable judge, long a champion in the fight to restore the ethics and integrity of the judicial process in his circuit, is stating an obvious and troubling fact that all of us involved in the fight are acutely aware of….
THE FORECLOSURE SYSTEM IN FLORIDA IS BROKEN AND OUR JUDGES DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ROOT OUT ALL THE ABUSES
Now he’s just one Chief Judge, but the quote says a lot. If this Chief Judge feels this way, where are the other Chief Judges? Judge Haworth has long been fighting the battle, and he’s absolutely right….the problems are widespread. We all must keep up the heat…keep pounding away, sharing examples of the fraud and abuses. Send this newspaper story and others documenting the abuses and the investigations to your judge and to your Chief Judge. Send your Chief Judge a letter. Be polite, be respectful, but ask the question…
Why are we allowing such an assault on our courts?
What are the penalties for clear wrongdoing?
Why won’t judges seize this moment?
I don’t believe the Florida AG’s investigation is the first or the only investigation of improper conduct. We have heard rumors of this investigation for some time and I believe their are other federal investigations currently underway. I don’t want my judges to continue to feel pressured to throw their neighbors out of their homes so Fat Cat Bankers and Millionaire Foreclosure Mills can get richer all in the face of widespread fraud. I don’t want my judges to feel the pangs of guilt when they all learn they’ve been had by the Fat Cat Bankers. I want our judges to understand that they are the very last link in this long, rusty chain of fraud and deceit. It is now common knowledge that the American people were played and manipulated by Wall Street and their cronies. They’ve moved their frauds from Wall Street to courtrooms all across this state. Our judges must be the final link in the chain of fraud. They simply cannot reward the inequitable conduct of the fraudsters. And while I agree that our judges lack the funding and resources to to check all files, I challenge the notion that courts do not have the responsibility to verify the accuracy of files before they enter a foreclosure judgment. Foreclosure court is a court of equity…..This is a basic and fundamental legal principle but it is powerful and it is real…
COURTS OF EQUITY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ALL PARTIES TO DO JUSTICE AND TO ROOT OUT FRAUD AND ABUSES
On a very personal level, I wonder how our judges will feel when the full nature of the abuses is revealed?
When the investigations document and reveal the true nature and breadth of the widespread fraud, what will be the remedy for that poor homeowner who was a victim of the fraud?
THE ONLY RESPONSIBLE ANSWER FROM OUR BELOVED JUDICIARY IS A MORATORIUM ON SUMMARY JUDGMENTS OF FORECLOSURE.