Foreclosure irregularities -- and testimony
Didn't mean to leave you all to your own devices yesterday, but I was swamped with foreclosure coverage.
A congressional field hearing about the foreclosure crisis was held in Baltimore while I was deep into the reporting on an insider complaint about a foreclosure law firm, and I optimistically decided to do both at once.
Here's that story, in which a paralegal filed a complaint alleging that his former employer recorded more than 1,000 deeds for Maryland foreclosures with false signatures.
The congressional hearing gets short shrift, so you might be interested in seeing the written testimony -- especially from Baltimore homeowner Kevin Jerron Matthews, an Iraq war veteran who told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that he took an oath to defend the Constitution and he's simply asking that he and other borrowers be assured their constitutional right to due process. (Matthews is represented by Baltimore-based Civil Justice and the University of Maryland School of Law's Consumer Protection Clinic.)
Congressmen and testifying elected officials also got into a debate about whether to improve or eliminate HAMP and other government programs aimed at preventing foreclosure (including the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program, which isn't actually underway yet). What do you think?