"If the judges interpret the laws themselves, and suffer none else to interpret, they may easily make, of the laws, [a shredded] shipman's hose!" - King James I of England, around 1616.

“No class of the community ought to be allowed freer scope in the expression or publication of opinions as to the capacity, impartiality or integrity of judges than members of the bar. They have the best opportunities of observing and forming a correct judgment. They are in constant attendance on the courts. Hundreds of those who are called on to vote never enter a court-house, or if they do, it is only at intervals as jurors, witnesses or parties. To say that an attorney can only act or speak on this subject under liability to be called to account and to be deprived of his profession and livelihood by the very judge or judges whom he may consider it his duty to attack and expose, is a position too monstrous to be entertained for a moment under our present system,” Justice Sharwood in Ex Parte Steinman and Hensel, 95 Pa 220, 238-39 (1880).

“This case illustrates to me the serious consequences to the Bar itself of not affording the full protections of the First Amendment to its applicants for admission. For this record shows that [the rejected attorney candidate] has many of the qualities that are needed in the American Bar. It shows not only that [the rejected attorney candidate] has followed a high moral, ethical and patriotic course in all of the activities of his life, but also that he combines these more common virtues with the uncommon virtue of courage to stand by his principles at any cost.

It is such men as these who have most greatly honored the profession of the law. The legal profession will lose much of its nobility and its glory if it is not constantly replenished with lawyers like these. To force the Bar to become a group of thoroughly orthodox, time-serving, government-fearing individuals is to humiliate and degrade it.” In Re Anastaplo, 18 Ill. 2d 182, 163 N.E.2d 429 (1959), cert. granted, 362 U.S. 968 (1960), affirmed over strong dissent, 366 U.S. 82 (1961), Justice Black, Chief Justice Douglas and Justice Brennan, dissenting.

" I do not believe that the practice of law is a "privilege" which empowers Government to deny lawyers their constitutional rights. The mere fact that a lawyer has important responsibilities in society does not require or even permit the State to deprive him of those protections of freedom set out in the Bill of Rights for the precise purpose of insuring the independence of the individual against the Government and those acting for the Government”. Lathrop v Donohue, 367 US 820 (1961), Justice Black, dissenting.

"The legal profession must take great care not to emulate the many occupational groups that have managed to convert licensure from a sharp weapon of public defense into blunt instrument of self-enrichment". Walter Gellhorn, "The Abuse of Occupational Licensing", University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 44 Issue 1, September of 1976.

“Because the law requires that judges no matter how corrupt, who do not act in the clear absence of jurisdiction while performing a judicial act, are immune from suit, former Judge Ciavarella will escape liability for the vast majority of his conduct in this action. This is, to be sure, against the popular will, but it is the very oath which he is alleged to have so indecently, cavalierly, baselessly and willfully violated for personal gain that requires this Court to find him immune from suit”, District Judge A. Richard Caputo in H.T., et al, v. Ciavarella, Jr, et al, Case No. 3:09-cv-00286-ARC in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Document 336, page 18, November 20, 2009. This is about judges who were sentencing kids to juvenile detention for kickbacks.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Barbara O'Sullivan's housefire: Delaware County records office does not have a clue who and how changed records on Barbara's house

The mystery - or mess, or both - in Delaware County regarding Barbara O'Sullivan's housefire continues.

Barbara O'Sullivan was sued for foreclosure in 2009 and had already a referee's deed granted to the bank.

Then, Barbara hired my husband and me to vacate the order of foreclosure, I represented her on a motion to vacate, and I won the motion. 

The referee's deed was vacated and the foreclosure action was dismissed for lack of standing.

Barbara's house went back into her name by operation of law.

Yet, in February of 2016 Barbara's daughter's attorney obtained records of her house from the tax office in Delaware County.

The records listed the house as a "2-family" home, and not in Barbara's name, but in the name of the bank.

Of course, that was fraud - because the bank definitely knew of Judge Peckham's decision putting the house back into Barbara's name, which was in 2009, and once again in 2010 when the bank tried to go back and vacate that 2009 order.

Ok, Barbara went today to the real estate and tax records office in the Delaware County building and started asking simple questions.

When was her house changed from 1-family home to 2-family home, because she, the owner of the house, didn't do that?

Delaware County could not provide an answer - neither in the Clerk's Office, nor in the tax records office.

She verified that Delaware County relies on the referee's deed in considering the bank as owner of the property - while the deed was vacated by Judge Peckham, and the foreclosure action dismissed, in 2009.

Barbara asked, when was the referee's deed filed and by whom?

Delaware County could provide no answer to that question either.  They said that their "guess" - in the absence of records - is that PROBABLY the referee's deed was filed 2 to 3 days after it was signed.

But, since there is no record as to when the long-vacated deed was ACTUALLY filed, it could have been filed long after it was vacated, and Delaware County is now backtracking and covering their collective asses in fear of a lawsuit.

Is there any governmental office that has any order in Delaware County?

What are these guys and girls paid for?

What a mess.

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