The man accused of killing an Arkansas Realtor, Beverly Carter, is choosing to represent himself in his own capitalmurder trial.
Arron Michael Lewis made the formal request last week in court to represent himself and terminate his lawyer, Jim Hensley.
The judge has granted the request. Lewis’ next appearance will be June 1.
Carter was the Arkansas Realtor who went missing in late September. Her body was found in a shallow grave about 25 miles north of Little Rock.
Lewis was arrested even before Carter’s remains were found, and he entered a plea of not guilty to capital murder.
Something I hope to encourage readers of Liberty Blitzkrieg to become aware of is their civil rights. Although the situation seems to have improved in recent years, many citizens remain woefully ignorant of their individual rights. Rights that were intentionally enshrined in the U.S. Constitution specifically to prevent the emergence of tyranny.
In our ever-changing modern technological world, the application of the Bill of Rights from time to time has needed a bit of clarification from the court system. One example of such was the 2011 case of Glik v. Cunniffe, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit noted that: “videotaping of public officials is an exercise of First Amendment liberties.”
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March 16, 2015
The documents below might be useful as evidence to support fraud allegations if trying to stop foreclosure by denial of modification of a mortgage.
Source: Certified Forensic Loan Auditors
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced the Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 1354) today. The bill ensures expired federal protections for renters living in foreclosed properties are renewed.
“Families who pay their rent and play by the rules should not be evicted simply because their landlord fails to pay his mortgage,” Sen. Blumenthal said. “This measure is necessary to protect tenants from eviction when their landlord defaults. The Act that protected them previously expired in 2014, so tenants may now be evicted, inexplicably and inexcusably when the building owner faces foreclosure. As a matter of common sense and basic fairness, families should be spared life on the street when landlords shirk their obligations.”
“When a building owner falls into foreclosure, people who live in the property may be forced out—even if they’ve paid their rent in full and on time,” Ellison said. “It’s wrong that families face homelessness because the owner of the property where they live failed to make payments on time. The Permanently Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act ensures families have the time they need to find new housing.”
– See more at: http://minnesota.realestaterama.com/2015/03/16/sen-blumenthal-and-rep-ellison-introduce-the-permanently-protecting-tenants-at-foreclosure-act-of-2015-ID0248.html#sthash.pomPyIPe.dpuf
People in Virginia who lost their homes because SunTrust Bank foreclosed on them could be eligible for payment, under a $550 million SunTrust national mortgage foreclosure settlement.
There are approximately 3,050 qualified borrowers who lost their homes between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2013.
They’re urged to respond and get a packet from Attorney General Mark Herring that includes a one-page claim form. That form must be returned by June 4th.
The AG’s office says SunTrust agreed to a $550 million national settlement with the federal government, Commonwealth of Virginia, 48 other states, and the District of Columbia after investigations alleging numerous violations in its servicing of mortgages and its foreclosure practices.
Those banks should have never been given a non-prosecution agreements at all!
Some banks that have non-prosecution agreements over failures to police transactions for criminal activity could see those deals withdrawn and be forced to plead guilty, a U.S. Justice Department official said on Monday.
“The criminal division will not hesitate to tear up that agreement when that action is appropriate,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell told an Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists conference.
The USA Patriot Act in 2001 tightened anti-money laundering laws in an effort to cut off terrorist financing. The Justice Department has since entered into non-prosecution agreements (NPAs) and deferred-prosecution agreements (DPAs) with financial institutions accused of anti-money laundering failures that allowed criminal activity to flourish.
Justice has made such deals in the last three years with HSBC Holdings Plc, Standard Chartered Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Commerzbank AG. The agreements allow cases to be settled in return for fines and pledges by banks to prevent a recurrence of the violations.
A U.S. housing regulator urged a federal judge on Monday to award it $1.1 billion due to false claims made about “crap” mortgages underlying securities sold by Nomura Holdings Inc (>> Nomura Holdings, Inc.) to Fannie Mae (>> Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me) and Freddie Mac (>> Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp) ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.
At the start of a trial in Manhattan federal court, a lawyer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency said misrepresentations by Nomura and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (>> Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc), an underwriter, about loans underlying $2 billion (1.3 billion pounds) in securities exemplified broader misconduct by banks ahead of the crash.
“Nomura and RBS were very willing participants in creating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Philippe Selendy, a lawyer for the FHFA, said in an opening statement.
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Tagged RBS, RMBS
Lincoln homeowner Pat Freeland told a House committee Thursday that when Bank of America officials said they were modifying her mortgage to avoid foreclosure, they lied — and that lawmakers shouldn’t vote for a pair of bills protecting the banks from liability.
“I’m telling you right now, as long as our hometown banks are selling these loans to megabanks, we are at risk as homeowners,” she said. “What we had was not free-flowing communication with our banker, but free-flowing lies.”
Freeland joined several homeowners and attorneys testifying against Senate bills 280 and 281, which would narrow the liability of banks for their lending practices and forbid the award of punitive damages in consumer-protection lawsuits.
They said if the two bills had been in effect, many Montana homeowners who sued Bank of America and other lenders for misleading them on the status of their distressed mortgage would have had no legal claim.
“I believe voting for these bills will take the voices and power away from common Montanans and protect these banks from their own fraudulent behavior,” said homeowner Theresa Bybee of Billings.