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[Florida Circuit Court Judge Diana] Lewis’ manner may be brusque, but her actions aren’t unusual among foreclosure judges in Florida, who in the last year have been working under explicit directions from the state Legislature and Supreme Court to get rid of old cases and clear the court dockets, largely by awarding tens of thousands of homes to banks.
“The state’s entire court system has been compromised,” says Matt Weidner, an outspoken foreclosure defense lawyer who practices in Tampa and St. Petersburg and blogs about the system. “They’re stripping away private property rights and transferring billions of dollars in assets from individuals to large entities.”
Even though it was the banks that came to the courts with forged documents, it’s almost impossible to find an example of a Florida judge ruling against a bank and granting a home to a family. “That doesn’t occur very often,” said Kris Slayden, who oversees foreclosures for the Office of the State Courts Administrator. “That’s why those cases make news.”
While robo-signers have largely disappeared, judges are now allowing so-called robo-testifiers to appear in their courtrooms to attest to the validity of the documents the banks are using to justify foreclosures. Many “robo-testifiers” never worked in the bank departments for which they’re testifying. Some never worked for the banks at all before being hired and trained in what to say on the witness stand. Still, they travel from courtroom to courtroom explaining to judges how banks track payments and keep mortgage records. “That goes against every rule of evidence since the beginning of time,” said Ice, the Palm Beach County foreclosure lawyer.
If you'll pardon the paraphrase, if the banks do it that means it's not illegal.