PB Post | Broward chief judge joining foreclosure firm; Palm Beach chief judge says more judges may resign

Broward chief judge joining foreclosure firm; Palm Beach chief judge says more judges may resign

By Kimberly Miller
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Broward County Chief Judge Victor Tobin is resigning from the bench to work for the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, a South Florida firm that recently paid $2 million to settle a state investigation into its foreclosure practices.

Tobin, 64, announced late Tuesday in a four sentence e-mail to staff at the 17th Circuit Court that his last day will be June 30.

The news shocked foreclosure defense attorneys who said it is unusual for a judge with three years remaining in his term to leave the bench, and questioned the move to a so-called “foreclosure mill.”

The firm made no admission of wrongdoing in its March settlement with the Florida attorney general’s office, agreeing to provide proof in all of its open foreclosure cases that the loan is in default and the plaintiff is entitled to collect.

Still, Weston real estate attorney Roy Oppenheim said Tobin’s decision could exacerbate a perception of impropriety.

“He’s going to a firm that perpetuated perceived fraud on the court that he was in charge of,” Oppenheim said. “It’s bizarre. It’s a sad state of affairs.”

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60 Responses to “PB Post | Broward chief judge joining foreclosure firm; Palm Beach chief judge says more judges may resign”
  1. MAGGIe May says:

  2. Nora says:

    Not too many comments addressed the fact that the Judge is leaving the bench for MONEY! With the funds to pay judges drying up in Florida, he’s joining the enemy because the enemy has money. Thus it proves that any official can be bought, including judges who are supposed to bring justice to those who perpetrate fraud and those who are victims of that fraud. There is no justice, therefore we must join together as a body of force. They can’t jail all of us; who’d do all the hard, low paying work that they’re too good to do? I say REVOLT! When it all boils down to “how will we eat, sleep, shower and keep our children safe”, we have nothing left to lose. We need to get rid of a government who’s in bed with the big banks, shut down big banksters and The Fraudulent Reserve, and take back control of our country with a new model of government that is run efficiently by the people who pay for it.

    • Tim Bryant says:

      Exactly….as I have stated, we are in a pre-revolutionary point in our history. Nearly everyone I talk to hates our government (yet loves our country). What is occurring in the Middle East WILL occur here. The feds know it. That is what the FEMA detention centers are for, as well as Conplan and Rex84, courtesy of our favorite nutjob, Oliver North. The government is preparing for such an event. The one problem that they cannot resolve, is that you have more resistance by the military to fight a war on thier own soil. People know who they are here, where they live, who their families are, what cars they drive, where the military bases are, etc. This is the reason MOST revolutions succeed. It is easy to fight a war overseas when your family is safe and sound back home. It is different when, as the Tories learned during the Revolutionary War, that any travesties perpetrated by the oppressing force can cause serious jeopardy to the families of these “loyalists”. That is the cornerstone to any revolution, and cannot be resolved by any government. It is a calculated risk they take.

      I personal think that our military would be like Egypt’s. They would be there, but they would just watch. Remember, the government and banks have been treating them like crap also. How many acting servicemembers have had their homes foreclosed on while fighting for their country? Is that the true sign of “a grateful nation”? Hell no. I did what I had to for our country in order to “defend the constitution, from all enemies foreign and domestic”. What was the point? I government has sold us down the river to domestic terrorists in Wall Street. Does the government now want to see the Constitution defended, NO. They want the Constitution torn up, and have the Patriot Act be the new law of the land. The same Patriot Act that Wall Street breaks the anti-money laundering provisions of every day. Does Homeland Security, Congress, or the FBI care? NO. That is because the Patriot Act is an instrument to oppress the American people. It has nothing to do with National Security. It has everything to do with Financial and Political security. Our government and the subdivisions of it, are an absolute disgrace. Notice I said, our government, and not our country. Our country, as witnessed by all the comments and assistance posted here, still thrives under the compost of the political and economical elite. Our nation will, as a democracy, rise up again like a phoenix, but there will be a struggle. If I am going to have “shared sacrifice”, as our politicians call it, then you can damn well be assured that they will as well. I will sacrifice my brotherhood or my blood, it is their choice. But I will not watch these criminals in our government and on Wall Street destroy this country any longer at our expense.

      By making these comments, in my real name, and avoiding any disguise of anonymity, I am probably on some corrupt government watch list, or internet monitoring. I really don’t give a damn. If standing behind the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence is a crime, I am guilty as hell. Big Brother needs to read history books, specifically our nation’s beginnings, then read about the Third Reich, and compare those events to what is now occurring. They are on the wrong side of history, no matter which side they believe they are now. Are they really going to jeopardize all they have, and all they love for some greedy Washington and Wall Street bastards? They are not even getting a share of this money, the government is taking away their rights to organize as a union, tapping into their pensions, and freezing their salaries. Why on earth would any government employee in their right mind, continue to stand by this ship of fools? They need to stand up as well, and expose that which has been hidden from the people. We believe you have labor rights that need to stay in place. That was the government’s promise to you. That now means nothing as well.

      If there is a police and military crackdown on us, we will be coming for them, and will make sure their families do not feel welcome amongst us. Is it really worth it? Nobody wants that. The government and banks just keep pushing and pushing. Well, there is no more room to retreat. There is nothing more vicious than an animal trapped in a corner. Why would the police or military stand behind the government? They don’t want police to have any labor rights, they want to freeze their pay, and tap their pensions. What allegiance do you owe them? And the military, you have a Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act to prevent your homes from being foreclosed while serving. How has that worked out for you? The banks foreclose at will while you are allegedly “defending freedom”. All the while, the government turns a blind eye to this. What about your VA benefits, or as they say “entitlements”? Those will be reduced because of Wall Street’s bad behavior, and the government’s lack of intestinal fortitude to stand up to them. Why would you stand by them? I just don’t get it.

      Well, enough of my two cents………..for now….feel free to distribute if this ires you as much as it does me.

  3. MAGGIe May says:

    Religion? since when is praying a religion?

  4. MAGGIe May says:

    You dot need a Rosary to pray!

  5. M.Payne says:

    We should fight. Fla isn’t alone. If you read the “give me liberty or give mr death” speech printed above you will see what I said before. That there is evil at all times in history cannot be doubted.

    God is not popular these days, but I challenge anyone who needs peace in their soul and the courage and means to fight to call Him out. Go on, tell Him you don’t believe in Him – really, be honest – tell Him exactly what you think of Him. If He isn’t there you have nothing to lose. If He is, you have everything to gain. I absolutely challenge you. Those old banksters are gonna have a hot surprise.

    • MAGGIe May says:


      • Tim Bryant says:

        Not to offend you, but God could care less about your house. If he cared, there would be no suffering in this world. I hope it makes you feel better when they toss you out on the street with your rosary in your hand!

        We are dealing with real solutions here. This is not a time to sit back and pray. How did that work at Auschwitz or Triblinka? And in case you are not aware, we have concentration camps that have been built in the US. They are FEMA detention centers. As in Nazi Germany, they are connected by railroad. Look up Operation Conplan on the internet, or Rex84. Whom do you think those centers were built for?

        I am glad you have faith, but God is not going to intervene, we have to!

      • Tim Bryant says:

        Also, look up HUD “land banks” on their own website.

      • MAGGIe May says:

        I didnt say dont act or do something! Prayer does work! God doesnt necessarily help those who turn their baacks on him!

      • Tim Bryant says:

        What I am trying to say is, this is a serious discussion. Lets keep religion and all other folklore out of the discussions.

        We are in the here and now. Let’s move on to problem solving.

    • Tim Bryant says:

      I agree that we should fight. Fight this tyranny that is being placed on us. If the vote goes not work, and there is no redress, and congress and the states change the laws ex post facto to aide their banker buddies, there are few options that remain. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear that it is our duty to rid ourselves of tyrants.

  6. Corvin says:

    Tim Bryant, great post! Let us also remember that one of the prime factors initiating the revolution was the recession in the colonies, caused by the King’s prohibition of the continued printing of scrip by the colonists. Even the King was directed in those far-gone days by the international banking set!
    Why do we pay tribute to the international bankers? Our taxes and children’s taxed income is pledged to support the international banks. It is the inflation caused by those entities that rob us of house and home and retirement income.
    Is it true that Moammar Kaddafi’s only real crime is his support of banks opposed to the European system? We should recall that Count Dracula murdered thousands of his own subjects and was not executed for these crimes. He was imprisoned and spent additional years impaling rats in his cell. Is it not true that anything or any one who actively opposes the international banking system is dealt with summarily? Lincoln? Kennedy?

  7. l vent says:

    Bloomberg news just reported that Florida is #1 in foreclosures followed by Cali, they are #2 then my state, Ill is #3. When the Bloomberg reporter said why is Ill #3, that is surprising? the NWO spokesperson they had on said, high unemployment. He went on to say that Illinois would be #1 if not for the sole reason it is a judicial fraudclosure state and the “process” takes longer. The jerk also said that fraudclosures in Fla. are soon going to be done speedier because the pretender lenders have “fixed” alot of the foreclosure fraud problems. HA!!!!!!!!! If they fixed the problems they fixed them with more fraud to cover up for the mother of all frauds, the Origination Fraud, by none other than the so called GSE’s Fannie/Freddie. Screw these liars,our homes are paid for free and clear because of the giant Ponzi Scheme instituted and carried out fully by the GSE’s who wore many AMERICAN diguises to perpertrate the biggest PONZI SCHEME SWINDLE AND HEIST IN HISTORY. LET’S SUE ALL OF THE NWO BASTARDS..

    • NANCY DREW says:


    • I vent…..Speaking for Florida……

      • Well…the white screen took the beginning of my message….Now to finish what I started….Speaking of Florida….Florida is a JUDICAL STATE….. a State riddled with corruption. This man made sickness is now coming into focus….WHO AND WHERE these insidious acts have been hidden are now coming into the light. If the Judical system has failed to be a Court of Justice….one must look at the judges with wonder…what connections are behind the scene. Judges being lawyers before becoming judges…it takes one back to the Florida Bar. It is a reversal of thoughts to follow the path…..The Florida Bar has not been honest in any of the complaints summited to them….if even answered. People kept asking…Where is the Florida Bar? Now we know. They are the culprits of the failed court system…They have allowed mills lawyers to use fraud in court. perjury in court and due unjust harm to homeowners…that is the Florida Bar…..the evil lawyers still all have their Florida licenses. To attack two highly respected professional lawyers …who spoke the truth…. that in itself tells all where our failed court system has failed us…..the proof is out in the open….it is a corrupted mess of lawyers who have sided with the corrupted banking system……the evil go free and the good are attacked.

      • l vent says:

        Sorry Marilyn, I thought Fla. was a non-judicial state. The fraud and corruption is rampant in every state. CNN, Piers Morgan had almost a whole hour tonight about the Wall Street Ponzi Scheme. It was definitely worth watching..They really called out Wall Street, Fannie/Freddie and the Banksters. I guess there is new movie coming out called Too Big To Fail, about Lehman Bros. Gotta keep calling the bastards out and demand they pay for their financial destruction and stop stealing the peoples homes. It is disgraceful.

    • Tim Bryant says:


  8. NANCY DREW says:


  9. leapfrog says:

    It looks like the commenters spanked the old bankster’s flunky-lackey, Ralphyboy, pretty darn good! Sent him “to the moon” – lol.

  10. John Anderson says:

    All I can say is GOOD RIDDENCE! This godless asshole can do far less damage as a bagman for the soon to be boarded up Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, as a chief Judge. Send him a photo of your posterior, and tell him to kiss it.

  11. Jason Werner says:

    I highly doubt he is going undercover, but there is a slight chance.

    I was actually asked to go back into the industry very recently, which industry used me to commit racketeering influenced crimes and other serious crimes. Can you imagine me keeping my mouth shut and going undercover??? hahahahahaha. They wanted me to go undercover. Just look at any of my comments on this Web site and a bank will throw me out of their branch immediately. You are who you run with.

    It is true though that detectives need insiders. They offer extremely good pay for people to get the information on the inside that they need; no investigator could ever get hired at a criminal foreclosure mill because of their obvious background, so they outsource to get their own insider.

    I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that the whore (judge) converts and becomes an insider to tell on those dirty, thief foreclosure mills and banks.

  12. David Robert says:

    keep your pantry’s full and your power dry.

    • Tim Bryant says:

      That’s powder dry…..as in gunpowder….LOL

    • Fury says:

      sadly, the only full pantries are the church food banks that feed the homeless/ defrauded homeowners.
      and they aren’t even full! they are running out of food due to the demand.

      this whole ponzi scheme nightmare has to be brought to a close.

      the banks must repay the defrauded homeowners.

      • l vent says:

        Today’s Keiser report talks about the latest installment of the sick, masochistic, eliteist Game Theory New World Order plan to cause global impoverishment and a one world global Plutocracy. Max’s guest speaks today about how 50 million Americans cannot find jobs that pay enough money to feed themselves and as a result, 50 million Americans are on CHASE FOOD STAMPS. Max’s guest also talks about how the elite bastards up on Wall Street have rendered paper promisorry notes worthless because of the peak prices in commodities such as oil So there is the truth and it works on both sides of the coin. They screwed themselves and not only are they making paper currency worthless but they have also cancelled out their own floated debt they created by way of paper promisorry mortgage notes. They destroyed themselves with their own PONZI SCHEME and STRATEGIC CLASS WARFARE. TIME TO MAKE THE FOREIGN FINANCIAL TERRORIST ON WALL STREET PAY!!! Time for Fannie and Freddie to just eat it and die. Check out the latest Keiser report at: http://maxkeiser.com/

    • more and more lies says:

      i find it a conflict of intrest. am pam bondi finds no issue with this. i think its time to re call pam bondi fro not doing her job and protcecting the peopel whom live in florida. our whole lives have been stole. our retirement has been stolen, our childrens education stolen (my equity on y home was to fund my retirement and help my children go to college) but you are going to let a broward county judge pass all these fraudulent summary judgements and then leave before thrown in jail for fraud. nice. we live in such a wonderful state.

      • rictic says:

        Bondi is just another bought and paid for Bankster B*tch and unfortunately we have no way to recall elected sumbag thieves like Bondi & Scott….

      • Tim Bryant says:

        The 2010 Florida Statutes(including Special Session A)

        Title IV
        Chapter 16
        View Entire Chapter
        16.02 Appointment of person to act in case of disability of Attorney General.—In case of the disability of the Attorney General to perform any official duty devolving on him or her, by reason of interest or otherwise, the Governor or Attorney General of this state may appoint another person to perform such duty in the Attorney General’s stead.

      • rictic says:

        Tim, if I am reading the Statute correctly the AG (or Govenor) can appoint a person to perform the AG duty if there is a conflict of interest, is that correct ?
        However, we, the good folks of FL, have no ability to recall our elected officials, which was more my point that we cannot recall these people. At least not yet….

      • Tim Bryant says:

        You can petition the governor to have her removed for disability. It is not a guarantee, but it is a legal avenue of redress. If he does not act, you can then turn your attention to the governor. Keep the pressure on….

  13. l vent says:

    This is what these criminals do, they assume new identities to continue their financial terrorism. Shame on that judge. What a Benedict Arnold. The greed is unreal. What a bunch of sociopaths. Fraudclosuregate is really getting unbelievably dangerous now. I read a prophecy in the book The Thunder of Justice written by Ted Flynn. It states: Everywhere the servants of the Antichrist, the sons of Satan, will come proclaiming peace and quiet, but Satan is preparing a great war, such as has never been seen until now. His power is invisible, and this power will drive people to arm themselves. ” The prophecy goes on to say: ….It is Satan himself who speaks through the Organization of the United Nations to deceive mankind…… The prophecy also says that In the end times Satan will be punished and all his forces destroyed. We have to have faith.

    • l vent says:

      and guns and bullets.

      • Tim Bryant says:

        Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

        March 23, 1775
        By Patrick Henry

        No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the house is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at the truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

        Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

        I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?

        Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlement assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.

        There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength but irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

        It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

      • l vent says:

        Tim, Truer words were never spoken. History always repeats itself, so they say.

      • Tim Bryant says:

        If you look at the historic revolutions in America, France, Haiti, etc, you will notice common themes. The US is definitely in a pre-revolutionary period, given the historic commonalities.

  14. Tim Bryant says:

    The foreclosure defense attorneys can have nearly every judge be recused in a Marshall Watson case.

    At least it is grounds for appeal or stay

    • Fury says:

      stay out of florida is what it sounds like!

      • more and more lies says:

        i feel sad for each one of us who live in florida seems like fraud is what started this and it looks like fraud will continue. no body wants to step in and stop it. i feel sick. i was readong last night about the hamp rules. no where does it say homeowner needs to be in default before we can be helped. that is fraud telling all of us to stop paying. but pam bondi does not see that. losing paper work and moving files so they can foreclose and collect insurance. appraisal fraud was rampant. straw buyers and house flipping drove the market out of control but NO one wants to prove fraud and help florida homeowners. any severley upside down howe like mine (150k) has appraisla fraud. my home was appraised for 260k in 3/06 a frind bought herhome also new different mortgage company and broker for 224k 4/06 much larger home same area. the appraiser used the staw buyer and the house flipping those comps should have been thrown out by the underwriter. so if the wolf was watching the hen house why are we responsible for this over appraised mortgage. i did my research and figured out why the appraiser used these homes. it was all about the numbers. it was all about comming in at property value. remember this was NEVER suppose to be exposed. so use home at less price with straw buying or house flipping would have cost the appraiser future jobs. he had to be right on the money. if it came in lower than what i was buying it for could cancel the deal but would have been accurate. i think thats the route every appraiser should have gone . they are partly responsible for causing this mess yet seem to stay out of the spot light on this mess. and pam bondi is ok with these people breaking apart families?? it is time to recall our AG. she does not want principe reductions. although florida has aloud false appraisals

    • Catherine Mc Manus says:

      Lets all get together on INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 4th !
      (great post Tim Bryant)

      • Tim Bryant says:

        Should I write an updated Declaration of Independence and Constitution?

      • Say What? says:

        Tim Bryant please do. Some people need a reminder of what our country was founded on.

      • Tim Bryant says:

        I will start, and post for comments to adjust. When I am done, please forward to as many people as possible. Maybe it will catch on even with people outside of this site.

        “These are the times that try man’s soul” – Thomas Paine

  15. Fury says:

    can someone wake us from this nightmare?!

  16. Fury says:

    it looks like they know what side their bread is buttered on.

    this is all so outrageous.

    • NANCY DREW says:


    • more and more lies says:

      my sister has 2 foreclosure cases in broward county. her pembroke pines home that foreclosed had chase/watson. she walked away. was subprimed and was a widow raising a daughter so she left after realizing the fraud. she needs to appeal and get her house back. if tobin was the judge and watson was the lawyer isnt the summary judgement conflict of intrest. if anyone knows alayer that wants to do pro bono work for a widow. she is a reppiratory therapist duped by a hollywood mortgage broker. enail me at ssssssister@yahoo.com i am also going into foreclsoure wells fargo modification fraud yes florida is a mess please people stay away. snow is alot better then fraud

      • l vent says:

        Unfortunately the corruption is as rampant as the mortgage fraud even in the snowy states. We are all paying for the GIANT PONZI SCHEME SWINDLE AND HEIST BY WALL STREET. There are millions of horror stories all over the country. You guys down in Fla. do have some outrageoous things going on down there, though. I will pray for all of you guys down there.

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