First They Came For The Deadbeats: Judge Orders Guns Taken From Woman Facing Foreclosure
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Judge under criminal investigation for quid pro quo sexual favors
On April 10, a judge granted a 3-year restraining order—under which she is required to turn in her guns–against Karen Rozier, a California woman fighting to save her home from foreclosure by US Bank.
Severson & Werson, the law firm representing US Bank, sought the order against Rozier under the incredible accusation that Rozier had threatened the firm’s lawyers with “workplace violence.” Bizarrely however, the judge’s order does not require Rozier to keep her distance from the Severson and Werson attorneys, it only requires that she give up her guns and “not be mean to them,” Rozier said in a phone interview. “I can go walk right up to their lawyers and say nice things to them, but nothing ‘mean.’ There is no ‘stay away’ order. I can visit their offices. I can find out where they live and go visit their houses. I just can’t follow them from work to their home. And I can’t own a gun or ammunition in my own house,” said Rozier.
The judge granting the restraining order was Scott Steiner of the Orange County Superior Court, who Rozier says wouldn’t reveal his name to her throughout the course of the proceedings last week. Rozier said she only found out the judge’s name when it appeared in the ruling which granted the restraining order. Incredibly, Steiner has been under criminal investigation since early March of this year for allegedly getting a woman a job at the Orange County District Attorney’s office in exchange for sex.
Meanwhile, the foreclosure auction for Rozier’s Buena Park property is still scheduled for April 25 (despite the fact that a preliminary injunction has been granted against Bank of America by one judge and another judge issued a temporary restraining order against all banks). Now that Rozier has been disarmed by the state, she said she fears for her safety on April 26, when she knows she will be served with notice that her property has been sold: “I’m suspecting that they (US Bank) plan to have me killed,” Rozier said. Rozier’s fears are not entirely unfounded, as she said that she has been served with notices and other legal papers before by the sheriff, backed up with the SWAT team of the Buena Park Police Department, who had guns drawn.
Rozier says Severson & Werson’s attorneys said they “fear for their lives,” but Rozier points out that she is a “peace advocate,” and in the past has participated in a peace walk with Thich Nhat Hanh, the noted Vietnamese peace activist, Buddhist monk, and author. Also, she is a Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and has been a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy in the area of future naval capabilities, including electronic warfare, knowledge superiority, and missile defense. In her job with the Navy, she was entitled to mid-level security clearance. Further, Rozier said she is a First Class Girl Scout, her son is an Inclusive Scout, and her husband David (who also was required by Steiner to turn in his guns) is an Eagle Scout and Air Force veteran with no criminal record.
Despite all this, Rozier said Judge Steiner “still ruled against us to take my guns, put us in the system, and brand us as bad people.” Rozier plans to appeal Steiner’s ruling (the case number is 30-2013-00630629-CU-HR-NJC).
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