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Angela Alsobrooks is the State's Attorney in Prince Georges County, Maryland. While campaigning for the job of chief prosecutor she endured the humiliation of being given the "Pretty in Pinstripes" award by a local civics group. My question is whether she is useful as well as ornamental.

Earlier this year an employee, Jose Portillo, of a foreclosure mill, Shapiro & Burson, presented her with evidence of fraud and perjury committed by the law firm. Portillo's affidavit, filed in related civil litigation, alleges that more than a thousand documents, which were known to the law firm's principals to be forged, had been filed in P.G. County Circuit Court.  

Making false entries in public records and perjury are both misdemeanors in Maryland. The former carries a maximum sentence of imprisonment for not more than three years or a fine of not more than $1,000 or both, and the maximum sentence for perjury is imprisonment for not more than ten years (no fine). The statute of limitations for making false entries in public records is one year, but there is no S/L for perjury.

At the time Mr Portillo initially brought his accusations against Shapiro & Burson to the Office of the State's Attorney, a spokesperson for Ms Alsobrooks said that the prosecutors office would be conducting a full investigation. That was more than four months ago. Since then . . . crickets.

A single law firm in just one county stands accused of (but not charged with) committing over a thousand criminal offenses. Multiply that by all the foreclosure mills in the whole country, assuming many will have had the same cavalier attitude toward perjury, and potentially there could be hundreds of thousands or millions of instances of illegal acts committed by members of the foreclosure bar. Why haven't the top local prosecutors in every county in the country begun filing criminal charges against the lawyers responsible, and against the servicers, trustees and banks that almost certainly suborned the perjury that was committed in their name and on their behalf?

It shouldn't be a question of politics, especially not in the case of Ms Alsobrooks who hails from the congressional district of the Minority Whip, Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer, in the solidly Democratic state of Maryland. It seems very unlikely that she would face a backlash from voters were she to go after the scalps of a few foreclosure fraudsters and their bankster enablers. On the contrary, voters would probably appreciate a prosecutor who takes seriously her oath of office.

But this just isn't a political question. It's a question of the integrity of the judicial process, and the integrity of the prosecutor.

I was unable to resist the temptation to do an image search on Google for Ms Alsobrooks, to see if she really is pretty in pinstripes. She does, indeed, seem to be very attractive. It is my hope that she will demonstrate that she is also an honest and diligent prosecutor.

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    " 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Elwood P. Dowd

    by paulbkk on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 12:29:14 AM PDT

  •  The Circuit Court is the State of Maryland (0+ / 0-)

    located in each county. I'm not sure she can just go after whatever she feels like based on it occurring in PG. This is probably under the purview of the AG. And there is a mess of goings on with the Federal Gov't and the DOJ regarding the states that agreed to get with a Federal program to [not] go after the bad actors.

    Search Schneiderman, AG of NY and what he's doing. California is also not feeling like they want to go along. It's a work in progress. Obama and the DOJ are slow walking this to hide it under the rug IMO.

    Maryland would probably be a good state to break off because we don't have mortgages, we have deeds of trust, which are structured a bit differently.

    •  Prosecuting crimes committed in P.G. County (1+ / 0-)
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      Alice Olson

      is the responsibility of Ms Angela Alsobrooks, and no one else.

      The AGs are negotiating with the TBTF banks about their civil liability, not criminal prosecution.

      The DOJ would have prosecutorial responsibility if federal forms were forged, but the perjury alleged by Mr Portillo constitutes multiple violations of section 9-101 of the Criminal Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, not federal crimes.

      No one, except Ms Alsobrooks, can bring the charges that should be filed based on these facts. Not the AGs; not the DOJ; only State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

      " 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Elwood P. Dowd

      by paulbkk on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 01:11:43 AM PDT

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  •  Gag (1+ / 0-)
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    Alice Olson

    This kind of sexist language directed toward professional women does not benefit from being repeated, even in tandem with comments about their competence. (Notice, by contrast, that we seem to be able to discuss Elizabeth Warren's positions and competence without any commentary on her clothing or physical appearance.) It's so 1950s.    

    •  and also "prosecutrix" (3+ / 0-)
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      The cutesy endings to make sure everyone knows it's a female whatever also went out of style in about 1972. "Poetess," "authoress," "prosecutrix," all those less-than-a-real-whatever -- gone. Even the airlines and restaurants changed to "flight attendant" and "waitstaff" or "server."

    •  She doesn't seem very "professional" to me... (0+ / 0-)

      ...If she's waited more than four months to prosecute an evil "foreclosure mill", one of the evil entities that caused this recession, then maybe she's more interested in fame and power than actually doing her job and enforcing the law.

      What if it was a male prosecutor who was featured in a weightlifting magazine, and it was found that he was not doing his job to prosecute white-collar criminals, and the headline called him a "musclehead" or something like that? I don't think anyone would "gag" or "cringe".

  •  It's so too bad than you couched what (1+ / 0-)
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    sounds like an important issue/opportunity in this sexist language.  Maybe you want to re-write the diary to focus both its content and its headline on the issue rather than on the appearance of the woman whose action you seek.  I think it might get some recs and some attention if you did that.

    A headline that says something like "Maryland Mortgage Mill Under Investigation for more than 1000 Counts of Perjury?" wouldn't make people cringe (as I did) at the thought of even opening up the diary.

    If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. Paul Wellstone

    by Alice Olson on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 05:51:08 AM PDT

  •  Probably because the accusation is useless. (1+ / 0-)
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    First of all, you can read the thing here.

    Almost all the accusations are hearsay except for the one he claims to have actually seen.

    Signing someone else's name with authorization is generally not illegal, although doing so without noting such is dishonest (not a legal term, there.)

    #16 might be a usable accusation, but Jose Portillo presents it without evidence, and you'd have to prove that the document was not reviewed by Mr. Savage in a court of law.

    There doesn't seem to be an accusation of perjury in the affidavit at all, and that's the one charge that wouldn't have expired by this point.

    •  Certainly there could be problems (0+ / 0-)

      with the credibility of the witness or the evidence on which he based his allegations. You are right. But after having said her office was conducting a full investigation, if Ms Alsobrooks has decided to abandon it she owes the public an explanation.

      " 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Elwood P. Dowd

      by paulbkk on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 07:41:55 AM PDT

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