A View from the Bench (Foreclosure Mills) | Lawyers, Judges Debate Florida’s Foreclosure Backlog

Tobin said he wouldn’t call his new job “fun,” but said it was a natural evolution.

“My job is to oversee the operation as best I can,” he said. “That was my job in the courthouse also.”


Thank you to everyone that came out to protest this event.


Lawyers, judges debate Florida’s foreclosure backlog

By Kimberly Miller
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE — Leaders of some of the nation’s busiest foreclosure courts gathered Friday to discuss attorney civility, bank honesty and Florida’s towering backlog of 350,000 foreclosure cases.

The forum, called “Bankruptcy and Foreclosure, a View From the Bench,” attracted attorneys and judges from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It was a chance for attorneys to ask questions of judges outside the courtroom and for judges to voice their gripes about the behavior of lenders and homeowners.

While some questions garnered uncomfortable silence from judges, such as queries about a panel’s opinions of non-judiciary foreclosures and when forged signatures are allowed in court documents, others elicited frank responses.

Notably, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick lashed out at lenders and borrowers for delaying cases and contributing to the court’s logjam. Broward foreclosure judge Marina Garcia-Wood said about 7,000 “dormant” foreclosure cases are in her system.

Quotes from the rest of the article read like something out of the Twilight Zone…

“Defendants don’t want the cases moved and I’m scratching my head about why the plaintiffs don’t want to move the cases. It’s pathetic.”


It was sponsored by Gissen & Zawyer Process Service, a company under investigation by the state attorney general’s office for alleged problems with foreclosure documents .


Former Broward Chief Judge Victor Tobin moderated a panel on the state of foreclosures in the courts. Tobin resigned from the bench in May to work for the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, which paid $2 million to settle a state attorney general’s investigation into its foreclosure practices this year.

Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and snuggie?

Still, Garcia-Wood said her court handles 250 cases each day .

She stressed the importance of attorneys acting respectfully.

“If you’re not happy about the court’s ruling, instead of rolling your eyes or murmuring under your breath, show me why I should rule in your favor,” she said. “I’m trying to do the best I can.”

Rule in favor of the LAW!


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5 Responses to “A View from the Bench (Foreclosure Mills) | Lawyers, Judges Debate Florida’s Foreclosure Backlog”
  1. A list from Lynn Szymonaik of Fraud Digest.

    Lynn Szymonaik list of robo signers on Fraud Digest
    Posted by Shelley Erickson on August 2, 2011 at 9:22pm
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    Who are the newest signers – who use MERS titles to assign mortgages TO BAC while actually working FOR BAC – signing as if they were MERS officers for dozens of different companies? The names appearing most often include:

    Ricki Aguilar
    Malik Basurto
    Youda Crain
    Diana DeAvila
    Edward Gallegos
    Christopher Herrara
    Bud Kamyabi
    Tina LeRaybaud
    Jane Martorana
    Martha Munoz
    Srbui Muradyan
    Debbie Nieblas
    Yomari Quintanilla
    Luis Roldan
    Miguel Romero
    Cynthia Santos
    Swarupa Slee

    These individuals, in 2011, have signed as MERS officers for the following mortgage companies and banks, including many that no longer existed in 2011:

    Aegis Wholesale Corporation
    American Brokers Conduit
    America’s Wholesale Lender
    Amnet Mortgage
    Ampro Mortgage
    Countrywide Bank, FSB
    Decision One Mortgage Company
    First Choice Funding, Inc.
    First Interstate Financial Corp.
    First National Bank of Arizona
    Market Street Mortgage Corp.
    M/I Financial Corp.
    Millenia Funding Corporation
    One Mortgage Company, LLC
    Pinnacle Direct Funding Corp.
    Pulte Mortgage
    Quicken Loans
    Universal American Mortgage Company
    Service Mortgage Underwriters, Inc.
    Wilmington Finance, Inc.

    CoreLogic in Chapin, South Carolina, is the keeper of these documents.

    Bank of New York Mellon is the trustee for most of the CWABS and CWALT trusts that use these BAC documents.

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  2. talktotennessee says:

    “Defendants don’t want the cases moved and I’m scratching my head about why the plaintiffs don’t want to move the cases. It’s pathetic.”

    Is this really a headscratcher? Defendants want to keep their houses and Plaintiffs don’t want their fraud exposed is it that simple or am I missing something? Non-judicial foreclosure would be a dream for the FL judicial system instead of the nightmare they have. You know what it means for we poor slobs that have a non-judicial system? The poor defaulter never knows who owns his loan, never has a chance to discover if his documentation is fraudulent, never gets to walk into court to have a chance to present it or is forced into bankruptcy, saving a few months to wind down a no-win pathway where they add all the past default to the bill and you still can’t pay, the only winners are the attorneys and judges in bk court. In fairness our bk judges have tried to get lenders to let them modify loans but nothing doing!
    So, is maybe ignorance bliss?

  3. Tony Gaimmo says:

    Incompetence, conflicts of interest, ieptitude. Seems like the court system is the weakest link in the totality of the financial crisis. Idiots who are behind the times, ill-informed, and corrupt. With the foreclosure crisis, many more people are aware of how “the system” has always worked. REBEL!!!!

    • housemanrob says:

      ….who would have realized that so many judges would end up in the hip-pockets of the banksters and elites…….That is what happens when you give very honorable, high priority jobs in the courts……to low paid people…like judges. What are they gonna’ do after the country is laid to waste? Leave?…….because there will be nowhere to hide…..murderous, bloodthirsty, homeless, homeowners will be everywhere……

      • lvent says:

        Too much corruption Rob…it is obviously at the State and Local level too…We have to stop participating…

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