National, regional and local press are reporting the serious issues relating to Foreclosure Fraud nearly every day now. A handful of honest judge with integrity are taking notice of the fraud in the foreclosure process and holding the lawyers and their clients to task. A ranking member of the United States Congress has written a letter to the Chief Justice asking for a moratorium on foreclosures. And yet in spite of all of this, across this state, oftentimes in secret courtrooms that are hidden from the public using evidence and information that is hidden from the scrutiny of press or public view, judges will be signing thousands of foreclosure judgments.
I was in one of those secret Kafka-esque courtrooms in Tampa yesterday. I made the speech I just made to the judge as he was in the middle of robo signing hundreds of judgments. He seemed annoyed at my presence in the courtroom and my suggestion that there was anything at all wrong with the process. We all know this is horribly wrong and like a sick patient that ignores his symptoms before it’s too late, the longer we allow this to play out, the worse the day of reckoning will be. One of my motivations early on was to bring attention to this crisis in the hopes that officials would step up and stop this madness. Our Attorney General is to be commended for taking the lead in this crisis…we can only hope that the Office of Attorney General maintains the integrity necessary to give these investigations their full force and impact.