Florida Governor Rick Scott Floats Huge Gimmie for Banks: Taking Foreclosures Out of the Court System

Florida Governor Floats Huge Gimmie for Banks: Taking Foreclosures Out of the Court System

Florida continues to show a rather disconcerting willingness to throw its citizens’ rights under the bus to help the banks. The state created special foreclosure courts to clear up a substantial backlog, which might not have been such a bad idea if they had been properly implemented. However, they were staffed with retired judges, many of whom seemed to put speed over due process. There have been numerous reports of judges refusing to hear motions or evidence presented by borrowers, to the point where the ACLU contested the procedures used as violations of due process.

To some degree, this has become moot since these kangaroo courts are expected to be shuttered (they required an extension of funding to continue). Moreover, new foreclosure filings have slowed in Florida as a result of the robo-signing scandal. The revelation of widespread abuses by banks has led some judges to dismiss cases with dubious documentation; judges are also complaining that banks are seldom coming to hearings on foreclosure cases.

Never fear, with government bought and paid for in America, someone was certain to try a fix. The Florida governor has, in effect, suggested that if banks can’t meet the existing requirements for foreclosure, then the solution obviously is to lower them. From a Daily Business Review article on a speech Florida governor Rick Scott made to the state bar association (hat tip Lisa Epstein):

The governor called on judges and lawyers to look for ways to cut court costs, improve efficiency and clear up the foreclosure backlog “as quickly as possible.” The clogging of the courts by foreclosure cases is discouraging businesses interested in moving to Florida, Scott’s main priority, he said.

“It scares people … and is clearly having an impact on the economy,” he said. “I’m looking for The Bar to come forward with suggestions on how to clear this up. Maybe we should consider nonjudicial foreclosures.”

Scott encouraged judges to carefully review verdicts to look for “meritless” cases.

“If we have a huge verdict that seems ridiculous, that adversely impacts companies who want to come to this state,” he said.

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15 Responses to “Florida Governor Rick Scott Floats Huge Gimmie for Banks: Taking Foreclosures Out of the Court System”
  1. John Anderson says:

    Hey I have a great idea! Lets follow the law. By following the law that has been on the books since the start of this country, we can come through this.

    A very big problem we have is with political involvement into legal matters. Political involvement into financial matters is what allowed Wall Street and the to big to fail banks to rob every pension holder, every taxpayer, every homeowner whether they have a mortgage or not.

    Or Florida governor Rick Scott addressed the Bar Association & urged them to speed up foreclosures, & “lets get back to work” & to change Florida to a non judicial state for foreclosures.

    He and his co bank owned Attorney Pam Bondi are totally ignoring the law, and refusing to prosecute fraud committed by the banks, document mills, and the attorneys presenting fraudulent documents in court cases, and filed into the land record.

    I sent a e-mail to Pam Bondi that her office has not acknowledged,

    Dear Pam Bondi,

    I am upset by your lighthanded approach to the fraud that banks and foreclosure law firms have so far gotten away with in this state.

    As the chief law enforcement officer in Florida, and a member of the Florida Bar, your duty is clear. To do anything less than full prosecution on those who would, fabricate, and use fraudulent documents in court proceedings is a violation of your oath as a officer of the court, and Attorney General of the state of Florida.

    We are in troubled times, and the public needs to know that the law applies to all, great and small. If rule of law, is perceived as rule of the rich, then civil unrest and revolution will be the result.

    Do you think Judge Judy would rule in favor of a plaintiff or defendant who produced a fraudulent document to win their case? NO! because it would violate the ”CLEAN HANDS DOCTRINE” that no relief shall be granted to a party who engages in unlawful activity.

    I ask that you do your duty.

    We have rocket docket in Fl, but Rick Scott refuses to fund it so it grinds to a halt, and people who have worked out a settlement with their now willing to negotiate, are halted in their tracks. The courts in Lee County are openly disregarding the rules of civil procedure, and the law itself. This is governmental anarchy, should not, and can not be allowed.

    If we follow the law, some banks are going to find they have no right to foreclose, not because of what the homeowner did, but because of what the banks did not do.

    Why didn’t the banks follow procedure? Greed and no liability, corruption of ratting agencies, the packaging of self called “bags of shit” to investors, and when they had sold all they could, they shorted the very instruments they had sold, made public the fact, then collected the insurance they placed on it”AIG”.

    The public knows it’s been robbed, & they need to know by whom. Mainstream media is and has been controlled by the same forces that have lead us to where we are at.

    The corruption you see has always been with us, just not so bold faced. When election time comes the TV is filled with 30 second sound bites usually saying something negative about the person running against the person or party paying for the spot. Few debates sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce or public television. Few watch, much less attend.

    Ignorance and apathy is the damnation of our society and the direct cause of where we find ourselves. People have lost faith in this system of ours, that used to be the envy of the world. Our politicians, on every level of City, State and Federal “especially federal” knows that they are elected by the number of negative spot ad’s that they can have played on television, and the number of positive billboards on themselves.

    If we want to clean up our system & improve it I have some suggestions.

    The people are going to have to start voting on issues, not just for representatives…and this could be accomplished through a constitutional amendment, and it could happen if enough people demanded the right, but were back to the ignorance and apathy thing.

  2. Governor Scott,

    If we are to allow bankers, for the sake of expediency, to press foreclosure without absolute proof they hold the note (wet ink) and have standing, then property rights in this country are at an end.

    Steve Schwarzman would not stand for it, Carl Icahn would not stand for it, Warren Buffet would not stand for it, and no judge would disagree with them – a homeowner behind on payments is no different just because his lawyer costs less than a billionaire’s; these are fundamental principles that set us apart from the Middle Ages.

    Banks cannot turn upside down the entire reason for our existence as a society and 800 years of progress from the Magna Carta forward – there is no ‘Grand Compromise’ that smooths out the minor detail of not holding the note.

    Otherwise, a lawyer could claim a skid-row bum in NYC for a client and sue in Florida to foreclose on a Palm Beach mansion in arrears; the bum would have as much standing as anyone else, including any neighbor to the home-owner in Palm Beach.

    If the banks persist in this, we just as well replace the 50 stars on Old Glory with a banana and then hold yearly auctions for licensing rights between Chiquita, Dole and Del Monte – that would fit nicely with selling signage to the highest bidder on the side of the SCOTUS building; wasted space begging for a use.

    R. LAW,


  3. angry& NOT TAKIN IT! says:

    “Scott encouraged judges to carefully review verdicts to look for “meritless” cases.”

    yes if there is a BANK & MERS it is meritless and so should be dismissed with prejudice & sanctions !

    There you go MR Rick “I’m a FUKTARD” Scott! have a nice day duchebag!

  4. What do you expect when FL elects as a Governor a guy that committed fraud to US senior citizens by overcharging them for health care? If he was willing to fraud the most vulnerable of the citizens of the US what do you think is going to do as Governor? What you vote is what you get

  5. We need impeachment petitions for a lot more official. I am in a state that is trully corrupt as well. The state of Washington is set up for foreclosures , with laws that are against our constitutional rights. Summary judgment without due process is a joke against our constitutional rights and rights of due process. I have seen no help for victims in this state. The recorders office is refusing to acknowlege proof of robo signers and fraud unless Rob McKenna does it first. I have sent proof of it to him as well. Livingliesword press has a letter of notice to all carriers on notice (of these crimes. ) I have prepared mine, Everyone in every state should fill this out and send to the title companies and to the recorders offices and the notaries. In mass ammounts..

  6. non judicial states are set up for banker rule and fraud. This definately is not helping the victims. Rick Scott needs to be voted out by Florida citizens. I hope you all e-mail Rick and let him know you will do your best to make sure he is out of office next time around. and won’t be forgotten for his lack of conscions. Throw everyone out of office that does this.

  7. Beth A. says:

    There you go – IMPEACH HIM.

    I believe the former gov of IL knows all about that 🙂

    See he’s been convicted on 17 counts today….



    • housemanrob says:

      Done!! Thank you much Beth!

    • lvent says:

      There should definitely be many more corrupt politicians who should meet the same fate as Blago. There are a boat load of traitors and treasonists who would probably make Blago look like a saint. Someone wanted Blago to go bye bye. . BLAGO sure is far from the only corrupt politician in Il.. Gov Quinn is no freaking better. In fact he might just be worse. He does NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. QUINN RAISED TAXES 67% TO COVER FOR ALL OF THE FRAUD. THERE IS BILLIONS IN MISSING POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN’S PENSION MONEY. HE HAS DONE NOTHING FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FRAUDCLOSURE. OUR PROPERTY TAXES ARE DOUBLE WHAT THEY SHOULD BE. GAS PRICES ARE THE THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION. IMPEACH AND REMOVE ALL OF THE CROOKED POLITICIANS AND THEN WE WILL HAVE _NONE_. THEY ARE ALL CROOKS AND THEY WORK TO FILL THEIR OWN POCKETS AND THE POCKETS OF THEIR CRONIES.

    • Alina Virani says:

      Here is a link to the FaceBook page “Recall Governor Rick Scott.” we need everyone in Florida to get involved even though Florida does not have a recall statute. This man needs to go NOW!!!!


  8. Beth A. says:


    Has this guy been baking in the hot FL sun too long?

    Check those campaign donors…how many banksters have lined this Gov’s pockets? I don’t know about you – but I am sick to death of these policiticans who accept money from banksters, etc. then turn around and grant favors, etc. Just like the former AG in MI – his lead campaign guy was (and still is) the head of a foreclosure mill. It was eye-opening to go through this guy’s campaign donation data. Ick!

    As for the FL gov – This guy appears to be just another policital “ho”.

    All Floridians should bombard his office w/phone calls – jam up his Web site with emails – this just can’t be tolerated. Have homeowners not been violated enough already? This is absurd.

    Hey Gov – SORRY your bankster pals have fouled up the system SO much – and have committed fraud in many cases – but you really need to ensure that justice has its day….even if it might be a little inconvenient and a bit of a strain on judges, budgets, etc. — TELL IT TO YOUR BANKSTER buddies. Get some kahunas!

    This was a jawdropping story – thank you so much to the folks that uncovered this one!

  9. housemanrob says:

    This guy is a lawyer? If you watch him while he speaks it is easy to see what a liar and bad actor he is. I am not a lawyer, so I ask….Isn’t there something we can do to get rid of this monster……….like impeachment?

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