July 31, 2012
It was ten years ago today I arrived at the corner of Buena Vista and 6th St at the Corona Civic Center.
Today, was my nephew, Judge Rodgers, daughter Amber’s, birthday, it was also the day Ocwen Federal Bank, as the service agent for Chase Manhattan was going to auction off to the highest bidder, my home of 26 years, which lay South, less than a mile to Crestview, then left three houses to 861 W. Crestview..
The home had become my stake in America. All I had read about property rights was in this 4 bedroom ranch style home in Corona California, that Carol, Scott and I moved into on Memorial Day 1976. I worked 30 miles West, for Sperry-Univac, as a systems analyst, and Carol worked with her friend, Thurza Rodgers, at NDC, a data processing service company in Orange County. They drove the 91 to 55 freeways to Sky Park Circle, daily.
Now, 26 years and a friendly divorce later, my path took me into the web of the predatory lender and service agents who had subtly invaded the mortgage refinance business. Ocwen was the service agent for Lehman Brothers when they owned my loan, and later Chase Manhattan bought the paper.
Schemes designed to incur fees and extra charges turned these “service agents” into a sausage factory, where ethics and fair dealings was not as important as more fees and greasing the skids of foreclosure.
Now, one decade later, I have still not gotten into court, to have my charges of violations of law by the service agent, Ocwen which caused the loss of my home of twenty six years, and shortly after, the loss of my business, Residential Fire Sprinklers.
For the last 10 years, the judge, the honorable Meredith Jury, has ruled that she does not have jurisdiction to hear my charges that Ocwen violated bankruptcy law. The appeals process has taken me to the Supreme Court, three times, and still no judicial hearing. My appeal now is to the 9th Cir Court of Appeals asking that court to enforce the lower court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel or BAP, to enforce its own precedential law, which states that I must be given a hearing. This is the thrust of this, my latest appeal to the Ninth Circuit, Ozenne v. Chase Manhattan et al, 11-60039.
I never would have believed that this string of cascading failures in the home loan business, and for me, the resistance of one judge to grant me my day in court could take over a decade before my constitutional rights to redress are obeyed.
Some sort of good old boy, or other influence likely is at play when I consider that over 25 sets of judicial eyes have presumably read my complaint, and yet have failed to act. Seemingly going along to get along, with their fellow jurists. None, of course explained where my facts, or the law failed.
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A 150-page report issued by the United Nations-backed Global Commission on HIV and the Law says that nations around the world should legalize prostitution and "decriminalize the voluntary use of illegal injection drugs" to fight HIV, CNS News reported Monday.
Although the 15-member panel met in 2010, it is just now issuing its final report.
In that report, the commission recommends repealing all laws against “adult consensual sex work,” as well as clearly distinguishing in law and practice between sexual trafficking and prostitution.
Specifically, the panel wants to:
- “Decriminalise private and consensual adult sexual behaviours, including same-sex sexual acts and voluntary sex work.”
- “Reform approaches towards drug use. Rather than punishing people who use drugs but do no harm to others, governments must offer them access to elective HIV and health services, including harm reduction programmes and voluntary, evidence-based treatment for drug dependence.”
- “Work with the guardians of customary and religious law to promote traditions and religious practice that promote rights and acceptance of diversity and that protect privacy.”
According to the panel, laws against prostitution are considered "bad."
"But the law can also do grave harm to the bodies and spirits of people living with HIV," the report says. "It can perpetrate discrimination and isolate the people most vulnerable to HIV from the programmes that would help them to avoid or cope with the virus."
The report also says that by "dividing people into criminals and victims or sinful and innocent, the legal environment can destroy the social, political, and economic solidarity that is necessary to overcome this global epidemic."
In 2009, the U.N. Secretary General said he supports getting rid of all laws against prostitution.
CNS cited Dr. Janice Crouse, director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute at Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., who said the idea of legalizing prostitution worldwide is nothing new.
“They like to legitimize the whole industry that way so that it can be regulated and so that it can be considered a ‘legitimate option’ for women and give it more respectability. But, the sad fact is in every instance where prostitution has been legalized, illegal prostitution has flourished,” she told CNS.
“The pimps all want prostitution legalized; they like that. The sex traffickers want it legalized because they gain far more traction with their own illegal activities anytime that is the case – it’s happened in Germany, it happened in Amsterdam, it’s been shown over and over again.” she added.
“It’s fascinating to me the way they (the report’s authors) dance around to avoid addressing the issue of behavior and to avoid the issue of consequences of promiscuity,” Crouse said.
“This is an example; they don’t want anything that would suggest to anybody that they ought to curb their sexual behavior. They don’t want anything to curb anybody’s enjoyment of sexual activity without consequences and all of this is an attempt to mainstream behaviors and then deal with the consequences -- and that plan does not work.”
The study was funded in part by the governments of Canada, Australia, the United States (through USAID) and Norway. It was also partially funded by the Ford Foundation and George Soros' Open Society Foundations.
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