Daily Archives: June 10, 2012

COURT WATCHER JAILED FOR 30 DAYS FOR REMAINING SILENT

Contact: David Lonier FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 248-373-9111
Email: davidlonier@gmail.com

Court Observer Jailed
for up to 30 days for remaining silent

Redford Township – June 8, 2012 A Novi man was ordered by Judge Karen Kahlil of the 17th District Court to spend up to 30 days in jail for refusing to disclose his name. While sitting quietly observing a friend’s property rights case, Judge Karen Kahlil demanded he stand and disclose his name. Other witnesses were shocked when the judge ordered him arrested for refusing to disclose his name.

He was cited with contempt, hand cuffed and hauled off to the Redford police jail and later transferred to a Midland County jail. He, along with 4 other court observers were ordered to stand and give their names, but only the Novi man was arrested and jailed.

Prior to Friday’s arrest, the Novi man had a criminal complaint, judicial misconduct, malfeasance of office and deprivation of rights charges filed against Judge Kahlil and it is suspected that she was using her authority in retaliation for his legal action against her. He has commenced a hunger strike.

More to come as we get it.

Here’s Trish’s
Press Release
Contact: David Lonier
Tel: 248-373-9111
Email: davidlonier@gmail.com

COURT WATCHER JAILED

FOR 30 DAYS FOR REMAINING SILENT

Redford Township – June 8, 2012 A Novi Township man was ordered by Judge Karen Kahlil of the 17th District Court to spend 30 days in jail for refusing to give her his name. He was cited with contempt, hand cuffed and hauled off to the Redford police jail and later transferred to a Midland jail. He was in court to witness another case when he, along with 4 other court watchers were ordered by the judge Kahlil to stand and give their names. After the Novi Township man was arrested, the other 4 court watchers were asked to do the same. All complied for fear that they too would receive jail time.

The court watchers witnessed the court officials assault the Novi man. When one of the court watchers attempted to leave the room he was detained against his will. The court officers used threat and intimidation to hold the entire body of court watchers hostage.

Judge Kahlil in an uncontrollable rage she began to call out, “We got a group of Moors in here!” She continued her comments towards the court watchers “Are you a part of that group? Who here is a part of that group the Moors group!”

Prior to his Friday arrest, the Novi man has several criminal complaints, judicial misconduct, malfeasance of office and deprivation of rights charges filed against Judge Kahlil and it is suspected that she was using her authority in retaliation for his legal action against her. No such order was issued for the other four court watchers.

The Novi Township man has commenced a hunger strike.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fed Confirms Volcker Rule Compliance Dates

Courthouse News Service.

WASHINGTON (CN) – The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve confirmed that banks and financial companies it regulates will have until July 21, 2014 to conform to Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Commonly referred to as the Volcker Rule, after former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, Section 619 prohibits banking entities from making speculative investments on their own behalf with federally insured deposits or from engaging in proprietary trading or from owning an interest in, or sponsoring, a hedge fund or private equity fund.
The rule is intended to limit the exposure of banks, and by extension, protections afforded to banks by federal agencies, to credit-default swaps and other types of high risk investments that helped to bring on the collapse of the financial services sector in 2007.
Separately, the rule also prohibits a banking entity that advises, manages or sponsors a hedge fund or private equity fund from entering into any transaction with the fund. This eliminates financial incentives for banking entities to place outside bets on positions held by funds they advise.

It’s all about the benjamins for Deutsche Bank. Judge orders bank to provide Szymoniak mortgage payoff: Court transcript

Hat tip to Florida lawyer Matt Weidner for obtaining the court transcript of Lynn Szymoniak case:

And I’ll tell you another reason why I
18 need it, Your Honor. We asked for a pay-off figure
19 under the service agreement. And under the federal
20 law, they’re supposed to give us the attorney’s
21 fees and the costs. February they did. The
22 attorney’s fees were something less than two
23 thousand, and the costs were something less than
24 two thousand as well.
25 Now that Ms. Szymoniak has the funds and would like to pay it off, as of this point, we made
2 another request for a more current date, May 31st,
3 I believe. And the response we got back from the
4 servicer’s attorney is, Well, that’s going to be
5 resolved by negotiation or by the Court.

THE COURT: What is going to be resolved by
8 negotiation?
9 MR. CULLEN: The attorney’s fees and the
10 costs.
11 MR. BERMAN: They’re not liquidated.
12 MR. CULLEN: So all of a sudden, we can’t even
13 do the next step which we want to do, which is pay
14 the money to get this case resolved, because
15 they’re withholding because of attorney’s fees and
16 costs.
17 So it is relevant to this controversy,
18 Your Honor, and I would ask the Court to allow us
19 to have that information. Thank you.
20 MR. BERMAN: Your Honor, if I may. The
21 discovery that is sought is irrelevant. It seeks
22 privileged and protective information and serves no
23 legitimate purpose. Those issues regarding
24 settlement are not germane to this proceeding right
25 now.

THE COURT: Okay. Let me ask you this.
18 MR. BERMAN: Sure.
19 THE COURT: Let’s get to the bottom line.
20 Does your client want it paid off or not? That’s
21 the bottom line. Does Deutsche Bank want all their
22 money to pay it off?
23 MR. BERMAN: Subject to negotiation, Your
24 Honor.
25 THE COURT: What do you mean, subject to negotiations? I don’t understand that.
2 MR. BERMAN: Well, Your Honor –
3 THE COURT: You tell me — are you in the
4 position to be able to tell Lynn Szymoniak how much
5 the pay-off figure is and everybody goes home?
6 MR. BERMAN: Not right now, Your Honor, no.
7 THE COURT: Why not?
8 MR. BERMAN: Because there are fees that they
9 incur, may be incurred in the future, and there are
10 fees that –
11 THE COURT: How long is it going to take you
12 to find out what they’re willing to accept, to pay
13 it all off? How long is it going to take? A phone
14 call?
15 MR. BERMAN: No. Longer than that, Your
16 Honor. I’d be happy to go through it. There are
17 certain things –
18 THE COURT: What do you mean, you have to go
19 through it? You got to call up somebody and say,
20 “Look, I want to pay off my mortgage. How much is
21 the pay-off figure?” You mean to tell me it takes
22 forever to do that?
23 MR. BERMAN: Your Honor, he’s not just asking
24 for the totalities.
25 THE COURT: Yes, he is. He wants to know the total thing. What are you willing to accept now?
2 MR. BERMAN: Well, Your Honor, if that’s all
3 that he’s asking –
4 THE COURT: That’s what he’s asking.
5 MR. BERMAN: No, Your Honor, the discovery –
6 THE COURT: Hey, look. That’s what he’s
7 asking for; all right. How long is it going to
8 take you to make a phone call to find out what,
9 Deutsche Bank, do you want?
10 MR. BERMAN: Well, if it’s just a figure, Your
11 Honor –
12 THE COURT: That’s what he’s asking.
13 MR. BERMAN: Your Honor, in the discovery,
14 he’s asking for retainer agreements; he’s asking
15 for billing –
16 THE COURT: I know, I can read it. I’ve heard
17 it, okay?
18 MR. BERMAN: But –
19 THE COURT: Uh-uh.
20 MR. BERMAN: I’m sorry.
21 THE COURT: I’m going to deny the Motion, but
22 I’m going to order that you contact him within five
23 days as to a total figure as to attorney’s fees,
24 costs, and everything else so the poor man can say,
25 “Look, I’m going to write you a check and get out
of the case.”
2 MR. BERMAN: Okay.
3 THE COURT: That’s what he’s asking for. And
4 if it’s much more than two thousand — much more
5 than two thousand, because we already know he’s at
6 two thousand.
7 MR. BERMAN: Your Honor, it’ll be more than
8 two thousand.
9 THE COURT: I said much more. We know the
10 bottom line is two thousand. So I am going to deny
11 that, but I’m also going to order, “Plaintiff shall
12 advise Defendant total pay-off figure, including
13 all fees and costs.”
14 That’s what you’re looking for.
15 MR. CULLEN: Yes.
16 THE COURT: I know. That’s what he wants. He
17 could care less what your timesheet was; he could
18 care less what your retainer agreement was.
19 And you’re absolutely right. At this
20 stage of the game those are privileged
21 communications. He just wants a total figure,
22 including all fees and costs, within seven days.

The missed media reporting this week? Senator Coburn report exposing unspent federal money

Written by Biloxi

As we are bombarded everyday on media in the world politics, this story that I  read on Friday was a must missed by the media. As the talking heads and media were so fixated on President Obama’s remarks at a press conference on how the private sectors are doing “just fine” in this economy, GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s response to the President’s remarks, the DOJ investigation into GOP lawmakers’ accusation that someone in the Obama Administration is leaking national security information, etc. there was very little news in the media of Senator Tom Coburn released report exposing unspent federal money hidden in a forgotten federal bank accounts. Where is the media on this story?

These are the Congressional leaders that we sent to Washington to represent our states. The same lawmakers that are paid $174,000 a year, get nine weeks vacation and doesn’t expect to do much in return. These are the same lawmakers that are bickering in Washington that they can’t compromise with one another to fix the economy and figure out how to paid for certain bills that they want to pass, yet, thanks, to Senator Coburn’s report, Money For Nothing, Coburn finds big bucks that Congress doesn’t want the public to know or want to use to pay down the deficit. Here are some of the highlights of mismanagment of money on projects:

Back in 2005, $45-million was set aside for project for a futuristic magnetic levitation train across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. The fund remain unspent.

$568 million leftover and unspent from a program that ended in which tax money  Congress set aside to help 30,000 unemployed families avoid foreclosure.

$34.6 billion of TARP money left unspent to help homeowners fight foreclosure .

$13 billion in federal funds earmarked by Congress for highway projects sits unspent.

$2.7 million still leftover and unspent in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bank account – money that, by law, can only be spent on an event that ended more than 15 years ago.

And here is another case of mismanagement of money that prevented assistance from reaching those in need of HIV/AIDS services disturbing. Page 32:

In the nation’s capital—just blocks from the U.S. Capitol—the District of Columbia government cut nearly $3 million from HIV/AIDS programs at the same time it left more than $3 million for such services unspent. The city’s HIV/AIDS Administration “was unable to spend at least $3 million of its budget due to what appears to be internal, administrative problems,” according to an investigation. While bureaucratic problems may have been stopping the payment of HIV/AIDS services for those impacted by the disease, the HIV/AIDS Administration did spend about $450,000 to produce and videotape World AIDS Day events and $59,300 to cater a World AIDS Day cocktail party and reception attended by 200 people, which comes to nearly $296 per person for the single event. 111

Nearly 500 patients living with HIV/AIDS in Florida are currently on waiting lists for lifesaving AIDS medication while year after the year the state fails to spend a half-a-million dollars or more provided by the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

The Florida ADAP waiting list was instituted June 1, 2010112 and a total of 439 patients were on list as of April 20, 2012.113 In addition to the waiting list for medicine, the ADAP formulary was also reduced in August 2010 to limit the drugs patients could receive.114

During this time, “potentially millions of federal dollars” intended for HIV/AIDS services in Florida were unused. There were “pools of money left unspent” including about $500,000 last year and $1.8 million over the past five years.

Local officials claim “none of those unspent federal funds are being returned to Washington but are instead carried over into the next year’s local budget.”115 But AIDS activists blame complex reviews for tying up the funds that are very much needed to aid those in need.
When Congress from both parties point fingers at each other for the ballooned deficit and lack of fixing the economy, certainly two fingers should be pointed at them for not taken responsibility to keeping and managing their fiscal house in order because this is very shameful. If Congress were employees in the private sector and their performance at the job is the same as their current performance in Congress, they would be fired in a heart beat.

Alabama Appeals Court Reverses Decision on Chain of Title Case, Ruling Hinges on Question of Bogus Allonges

Seeing the bankers control our government, Citigroup edition

Citigroup became Citigroup when Citicorp merged with the Travelers’ Group back in 1998. I didn’t pay much attention at the time. I vaguely remember talk about the Traveler’s iconic red umbrella logo surviving. But I’ve been watching and re-watching Inside Job                         lately, that very densely packed, must see documentary on our financial crisis, and now realize what a big deal the merger was.

Here’s what a Wall Street Journal article, with the newspaper’s classic nested headlines, could have read:

Citicorp and Travellers Group Plan Illegal Merger
Executives Confident They Can Change Law
Market Agrees, Cheers Deal

Instead, here’s how the New York Times reported on the deal April 7, 1998:

Citicorp and Travelers Plan to Merge in Record $70 Billion Deal:
A New No. 1: Financial Giants Unite

The first mention of illegality is down in paragraph 8:

“But there are some major hurdles to be cleared. Travelers said it would apply to the Federal Reserve Board to become a bank holding company. Current law would require it to get rid of some of its nonbanking holdings.” (bold added)

Grafs 11-14 show the executives’ confidence in their management of our government:

Sanford Weill, the Travelers chairman, said he expected the Fed to quickly approve his company’s application to become a bank holding company and added: “I don’t think we have to spin anything off to make this happen.”

Current law, he said, allows at least two and as many as five years for prohibited assets to be divested. “We are hopeful that over that time the legislation will change,” he added.

He said the companies had already had talks with the Fed about specific legal impediments and said, “We have had enough discussions to believe this will not be a problem.”

As well as having had discussions with the Fed and the Treasury, Mr. Reed [Citicorp Chairman] said President Bill Clinton was briefed on the announcement Sunday night.

Read on from Abigail C. Field

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