So I was up at 5:30 a.m. all wired and nerve frayed but yet striving to be calm over the BIG event in front of us today. The Summary Judgement hearing on the 'save our home' fight in front of the big enchilada...that being a retired judge that FL has brought back to 'rocket docket' people out of their homes in 5 minutes or less.
Our attorney had told us that they had requested at least 3-4 hours for arguments. I wanted to make sure I had all of my corruption ducks in a row (all of the proven fraudulent cooked up bogus docs) so was up at the crack of dawn organizing papers.
I could have slept in. What a fiasco our court system is. There is NO justice only the meting out of getting people 'off the court docket'. That is Lee County's idea of justice. It doesn't matter if your case is solid or not...it's all about getting you OFF the docket. The court system is so broken I don't know who could ever believe in it after what I experienced today.
The courtroom was wall to wall people. EVERYWHERE...mostly lawyers of course. A few homeowners could easily be spotted as they stuck out clearly in the crowd with their 'deer in the headlights' look of shock and fear etched across their faces. I was right there with them...and what a sorrowful sight to observe.
We haven't been encouraged by our attorneys about going into the court room. Why...I guess the lawyers think that the Judge will attack you and call you out for being some homeowner slacker who is sucking the entire system dry by not paying up an impossible balance that the banks have ripped, robbed, and plundered on the economy sucking it so dry it would make any self appreciating pirate blush. In my research today I pulled out a statement taken off of OcWen's website of our balance in July. Luckily I printed it out. When I compared it to the latest bogus payoff letter they have recently sent it was over $125,000 MORE...this is a FOUR month timeframe....4 months! It's reprehensible and totally unbelievable that they can get away with this corruption!
But today I insisted in going into the court room...I wanted to see and hear first hand what went on during these rocket docket hearings I've hear so much about. It is shocking. It is a circus full of clowns and there is no smithering of justice that occurs in those chambers.
It's definitely 'the haves' versus the 'have nots'. You've been through enough of my blogs to know that we most certainly are NOT slackers, and we most certainly are NOT system suckers...we did everything in our power to work out something with the bank and jumped through every frickin' flaming hoop they held out in front of us. Then we paid them the amount they told us to pay for a modified payment for NINE months believing them when they said NEXT month you'll finally be on a permanent new payment plan.
Well guess what sparklers...don't EVER NEVER EVER trust a bank again. They lie, then they cheat, then they cook up fraudulent documents ANYTHING they need to steal your home and if they want it...the courts bend over backward to make sure they get it.
The lawyer that represented us today was a different one from the firm we so admire. That made me nervous also. I thought why are they sending someone in on the MOST important meeting of all time to plead our case? Does he even KNOW our case? But they are so short staffed that our normal guy was covering another case over on the East Coast.
But then this new lawyer tells me we have 5 minutes on the docket. WHAT...5 minutes isn't enough to say Hello Judge...this whole system SUCKS!
Of course you are all QUITE happy that I'm not a lawyer by now aren't you?
So here's the deal...all of this hassle and tiring fight just to have the bank's attorney go before the bench to say that they can't produce the note (it is a well known fact that you have to produce the original note to take away someone's homesteaded house..even in the La~LA land of FL)
The bank's lawyer stands up in front of the Judge and says...Your Honor sir, I'm very sorry to have to ask for a continuance but the Clerk of Court LOST the note that we filed with her.
Now wouldn't you think the Judge might take exception to this...I mean this is one of the Court's OWN...and most of the clerk of Courts I know are pretty darn efficient with handling key documents that have to go before a judge.
AND we later find out from our attorney that the Clerk of Court who was also in the courtroom said that they DID not lose the note as the bank's attorney lied to the judge...the note that they received was NOT an original copy. Score one for an honest clerk of court..although I would have insisted on viewing it myself.
So the Judge says...yes, granted and when you find the note you will be bringing this case to trial won't you?
Oh yes sir, yes sir the bank's attorney stutters all over himself.
Our attorney accepted this. I'm not sure why...it seems he would have contested it saying Your Honor...this bank has claimed a lost note, rescinded their lost note filing , then they filed they FOUND the note...but now at this FINAL hour...ooops they've lost the note again. Why are you letting this stand? I mean even in baseball...three strikes and you are OUT.
But nope...nary a word. I'm a little puzzled about this...but he seems to think they can build more evidence into our case and that this crazy dog and pony show that happened today is just another reason to make an appeal.
Unfortunately...I've done quite a bit of research and appeals are pretty darn hard to win...even for the best of reasons. For some crazy reason higher courts don't like to overturn lower court decisions...even the ones made by total morons!
I think I read something that says the lower courts butcher the bodies, the middle court bayonets the wounded, and the supreme court counts the dead. Hummmm now that paints a rosy picture doesn't it?
So...we have a continuance for the bank...always ANYTHING for the blasted banks. If we would have been the one's to show up empty handed...we be out checking the want ads for a place to rent tonight.
I've got to tell you my buddies...America is disappointing me...I think Canada is looking more and more appealing. Even with that crazy crack smoking mayor of Toronto...at least he tells the truth about stuff!
So after all of this...the big group that we belong to knows nothing about today...nor do they care about today...so it's better that they know nothing. I'd just be pissed off at them too for being so lackadaisical about the whole thing.
I get two phone calls about the bloody list that I put into action for sharing the responsibilities of the hostessing duties. You'd think just because I typed up the list that I am now their personal secretary and go to complaint department.
"Well Bobbi...we haven't heard from Erin and she is supposed to be the hostess next Saturday and here it is Wednesday and we haven't HEARD from her yet!"
Like I'm supposed to hunt her down on her cruise and say..."HEY get to it Erin...a few of the girls have their panties in a wad because you haven't yet e-mailed them about what the bloody heck is going on Saturday night!"
Holy cow...don't kill the messenger...I've had it with these neurotic women...let them have their own dine in's...or out's and just take US off the list! I said..."Well you DO know Erin is on a cruise and SHE is the one that selected that date. I only typed out the list according to the information I was given...maybe you should be contacting HER and not me.
Okay...so now she's miffed.
Ask me if I care...with days like this...I could just go off and live in a cave...far far away from civilization and the ninnies that live in it.
With big and true exception to all of my dazzling sparky friends...I'm sorry to be sooo out of sorts tonight...but REALLY...the DAY and NIGHT I've had.
Off to have a nice glass of vino and then off to bed. Sorry to be such a grump~ster!