Mark Stopa to Foreclosure Judge “I am concerned at your decision to continue presiding over mortgage foreclosure cases given your personal ties to the banking industry”

This kind of reminds me of the good old days when it was discovered that Judge Meenu Sasser was exposed for having some ties to the banking industry which ultimately got her “promoted.”

Judge Sasser’s investments that may be impinged by the outcome of cases in her division are:


More on Sasser here…

But hey, that’s old news…

Here is the latest from Mark Stopa…

Being a Foreclosure Defense Lawyer

Every so often, I get asked what it’s like to be a foreclosure defense attorney.  My response?  Yes, it requires experience and a certain level of skill in court, but perhaps the biggest requirement is a willingness to stand up for “the little guy” and say “that’s not fair” when something in the system is amiss.

Sometimes, this is not very easy to do.  It can be awkward and uncomfortable to stand up against the system.  I’d imagine it’s like entering a gun fight with a bag of rocks.  It’s especially awkward when doing so entails standing up to judges before whom I appear on a regular basis.

However, if I’m going to be a foreclosure defense lawyer, as I fully intend to be, giving up is not an option.  Hence, when presented with a situation like I’ve been presented regarding the Honorable Martha Cook (a circuit court judge who presides over foreclosure cases in Tampa), I felt compelled to write her this letter.

You can check out the rest of Marks post here…

But first, some excerpts from his letter to Foreclosure Judge Martha Cook…

Respectfully, I am concerned at your decision to continue presiding over mortgage foreclosure cases given your personal ties to the banking industry and that of your husband.

1. Your husband is the Chairman and CEO of Community Bank of Manatee (and has been for quite some time);
2. You have/had more than a 5% ownership interest in that bank;
3. Your personal net worth decreased by nearly half in recent years, largely because of the near-failure of Community Bank.

I find it eminently reasonable for my clients to fear their ability to get a fair hearing/trial before you, in foreclosure lawsuits, given your personal, financial ties to the banking industry.

My concern in this regard came to a head at a recent hearing before you. After the hearing was concluded, I engaged in a 20-30 minute discussion with you (and opposing counsel), in open court, about the mortgage foreclosure crisis. What really sticks in my mind was your repeated indications that the “only way” to improve the economy was to “push through” foreclosure cases as quickly as possible.

I understand your desire to improve the economy. Heck, everyone wants the economy to improve. However, with all due respect, your role as a judge is not to improve the economy (or to use the cases before you as a mechanism to improve the economy). More significantly, I cannot help but wonder how much of your stated objective to “push through” foreclosure cases is predicated not on helping the economy, but on the personal, financial interests shared by you and your husband and your clear ties to the banking industry.

Hence, when I heard you say those things, it very much sounded to me like you were speaking not as a neutral and detached judge, but as a part-owner of a bank and as the spouse of a CEO of a bank.

Judge Cook, given your ties to the banking industry, I am respectfully requesting that you remove yourself as judge from all foreclosure cases.

Again, you can check out the rest of Marks post here…

Copy of his letter is attached below…

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4closureFraud.org

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Comments
18 Responses to “Mark Stopa to Foreclosure Judge “I am concerned at your decision to continue presiding over mortgage foreclosure cases given your personal ties to the banking industry””
  1. Mad as Hell says:

    I’m sure our Attorney General Pam Bondi who is also in bed with the Banksters will do nothing…..Time to start putting pressure on her TO DO HER JOB. I’m guessing she will have the power to remove Judge Cook.
    Better yet time to RECALL these assholes; who I can’t understand how they got into office in the first place…lets start with Governor Rick Scott, Pam Bondi and now Allen West. What have they done for the people of Florida? NOTHING BUT ENHANCE THEIR OWN SELF INTERESTS…..NOTHING for the people of Florida. They are trying to DESTROY any human decency we have left.

  2. Fury says:

    mark, thank you for standing up for what is right!

  3. indio007 says:

    Blackrock investor? Can you get anymore in a conflict of interest? Blackrock owns Maiden Lane 1-3

  4. WOODKNOT says:

    Thank you Mr Mark Stopa ! for your intregity & your courage to write this Judge.
    Your efforts inspire me to keep what little faith I have left in the American Justice System.
    Please keep us posted on your any response you may receive, it will be interesting for sure.
    I hope all Foreclosure Judges, everywhere, every level will step down if they are involved with investors, real estate & the banking industry. There should be absolutely no hint of the possibility of conflict of interests.

  5. lies is all they tell says:

    thank you mark,. i wish you can be my lawyer but my husband lost his job and we have to do a BK. so sad. we had a 789 in 2006. how does this happen to 2 responsible hard working adults. sad. wells fargo lies on my appication to but i did not get a cash out subprime. the broker added baout 700$. i was an out of town buyer with an hourly wage. i can get coppies of the paycheck stubs i sent. so sad i guess they never thought we owuld uncover all this fraud. so could not affor my house from the day i signed for it so sad. and the economy worsened every year.

  6. Tina Nielsen Amodeo, Esq. says:

    Please let us know whether your letter successfully gets this Judge to recuse herself.

  7. lizinsarasota says:

    Thank you, Mark. We love attorneys with integrity. It’s just a shame there are so few.

  8. Still a victim for now says:

    Mark:

    Thank you so much for sticking up for the little guy/gal and having the courage to speak truth to power! GOD is still in control!! Would you happen to know of any like-minded attorneys practicing your kind of law in the Atlanta area?

  9. Equity Free says:

    Mr Stopa , I applaud your courage and honesty in this age where corruption is the norm . This is amazing ,
    putting her personal ties to the side, her comment – for the economy we have to push these foreclosures
    through, is a fallacy that the banks have been saying from the start . Say it enough and its than justified ?
    There are at least 4 years of data now that shows that the rise in foreclosures = the decline in economies .
    Fix the mortgage , mark to market, will fix the economy .
    The catch 22 are the pension funds ( states, counties and the like ) believed these same banks who sold them AAA securities that vaporized their funds values. These AAA bonds are now toxic , economy killing securities that are held by pension funds . .
    If our leaders had the courage and ethics as Mr Stopa has , we would be on a economic recovery enjoyed
    by all .
    Thanks Again

  10. WHAT A GUY….GOT TO SAY HE GETS RIGHT TO THE POINT….A JUDGE WITH CONFLICT OF INTEREST SHOULD NOT BE HEARING FORECLOSURE CASES….HE IS RIGHT. PUSHING FORECLOSURES THRU THE COURTS TO HELP THE ECONOMY…THAT IS NOT HER JOB….SHE IS THERE TO JUDGE WITH HONESTY….AND HER LIFE IS CIRCLED AROUND BANKING. SO HOW CAN SHE BE HONEST IN HER DECISIONS….IMPOSSIBLE…..DID THE CHIEF JUDGE NOT KNOW SHE WAS LIVING A BANKERS LIFE THRU HER MARRIAGE? DUHHH…..OR DIDN’T HE CARE????? HMMMM

  11. concerned says:

    Always follow the money!
    Always!

  12. Mario Kenny says:

    He got “some Balls” for sure, this is how to lose the privilege to practice law or to have the privilege be alive.

  13. lvent says:

    WHOA, WHAT A SCANDAL!!!! Great job Mark Stopa!!!!! You are a doing the peoples work. This scandal is massive. I think Foreclosuregate will go down as the biggest scandal in the history of the world. Like the J.F.K assassination, there are so many entities connected to this it boggles the mind.

    • lvent says:

      I have found out that the attorney for the pretender lender in my commercial property fraudclosure used to work for the AG’s office. My attorney told me she needs to remove herself from the case. They are all scurilous bastards.

  14. I still have Hope... says:

    Good for you Mark!!

    • Ernie JC LaGuilles says:

      More Power to you Attorney STOPA…WHY DON’T WE DO A CLASS SUIT PUTTING BANK’S, BANKS LAWYER, AND JUDGES WHO INTENTIONALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SMALL PEOPLE WITH THEIR “FRAUDCLOSURE: TACTICS….

      CONTACT ME AT: (818)921-9402

      I CAN BE YOUR CALIFORNIA REPRESENTATIVE…

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