“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.
At times it’s a struggle to explain to some people, even some judges, why the honorable and ethical defense attorneys fight so hard for homeowners and for respect of rules and the basic rights. I know that the exceptional attorneys that are our brothers and sisters in the foreclosure battle fight this fight not for the money and not because it’s just a job. They fight this battle because deep within the professional soul, your voice of conscience tells you that you must fight to keep the flicker of justice burning.
The generosity, the openness, the professionalism and courtesy of the unsung fighters illustrates the very best qualities that our society wishes all attorneys exhibited. Every day more attorneys join this good and principled fight and every day more and more judges join in with recognition and awareness that what is at stake in every foreclosure case is far greater than just the individual wrongdoing in that case…fundamental liberties are at stake.
The Pino decision is pivotal moment in our state and in our country’s history. Will the highest court in the land seize upon the awesome responsibility to take charge of this chaos or will this state continue down deeper into this pit? In my mind, there is only one option. It’s time to lance this boil that covers the state. We’ve got to open it up, excize the cancer and let it all drain out. Only then can we begin to begin to rebuild, to earn the public’s trust again and move forward.
As a profession, as a society, as a country, we cannot just sit back and let these wrongs that are occurring continue to happen to those among us who are suffering the most. We cannot continue to allow this full frontal assault on them is an assault on our courts, our laws and on our basic liberties. We must understand that this assault upon all of them is just the latest wave of attacks and assault on every one of us.
It’s not to late to stop the worst of this from coming, but we’ve got to understand the magnitude of these attacks and work together to ensure that they do not continue….the alternative is not acceptable in any fashion.