Dirty Dozen Honorable Mention: Victor Tobin, Foreclosure Judge Turned Forecloser

Categories: Broward News
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We put out the call for people we missed in our roundup of 2011's most devilish people and were informed of one overlooked former judge who certainly qualifies.

With all the foreclosures and mortgage-related tragedies that have occurred since the collapse of the collateralized-debt market, it's easy to find people who had a hand in kicking families out of their homes.

But Tobin, as Broward's chief judge, instituted rules that made it harder to fight foreclosures and implemented a "rocket docket"-style system that favors the big banks by expediting judgments in their favor.


Suspicions of his bias were confirmed, for many, when he announced in May that he was leaving the chief judge post in favor of a position with the foreclosure law firm Marshall C. Watson.

Now he would stand to benefit from the rules he helped create, working for one of the state's largest and most criticized "foreclosure mills."

He told New Times Editor Eric Barton that he took the post to help make sure the firm was trying its cases ethically, according to best practices. But critics point to numerous signs that he had always been biased toward the foreclosure lawyers, including letting them sit at the front of the courtroom and allegedly telling one homeowner, "Sorry, you're not paying your mortgage. What do you want from me?"

Making 2010's Dirty Dozen was David J. Stern, another foreclosure lawyer who hit legal trouble when his firm was accused of "robo-signing" thousands of documents to expedite foreclosures en masse. No way Tobin is that kind of evil. But whenever anyone spends years overseeing rules of the game -- then jumps into that game as a player and stands to profit -- it's worth asking questions. And maybe even leveling an accusation or two.


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14 comments
Robert51
Robert51

Dirty judges are a significant problem in the US.  Judge Richard Garcia in Ingham County Michigan is known for rulling in favor of crooked attorneys.  This will be the death of our country.

localKid
localKid

I still don't understand the problem.  People take out a loan, and agree to pay the loan off.  then the value of what they borrowed against goes down, and they don't want to pay the loan?

its like buying a stock, on margin, and when it goes down, stop paying the loan.

things go up and down in value.  its a market.  housing market went down, and now people don't want to pay?

I don't get it... Nobody held a gun to anyone's head to take out a loan.  

FQS9000
FQS9000

Do you have a 'Dirty Dozen' list of reporters who don't bother to check the facts on the stories they publish and harm people?

BTW - If you don't pay your mortgage, why should you expect to live in the house for free?  I sure would like to hear the liberal biased answer to that question.

JackSchitt
JackSchitt

i mean you just can't make this crap up.

Obermann
Obermann

Tobin jumped ship right after he told the judges to go easy on the Rothstein guys because they were friends.  I want to be in court when they indict his sorry ass.  You know it's coming...

DefenseLawyer33301
DefenseLawyer33301

David J. Stern and Vic Tobin!   Like greedy, thieving brothers. What happened to the investigation into Tobin records to prove he was soliticing his new job while chief judge?    I think Rothstein and Rosenfeldt are going to get Tobin...right behind bars.  I wouldn't be surprised, he's such a POS

Prosecute the Fraud
Prosecute the Fraud

You can't foreclose on a home by committing fraud when you forge documents, bifurcate the Note and Mortgage to borrow 10+ times the amount of the Note (making 7x+ per year of the loan amount and failing to disclose that fact to the homeowner), trade the Note (without the Mortgage) to as an MBS to make even more money, all when the Banksters don't even own the loan. 

That is a fact, not a liberal or conservative issue, take the time to learn what the banks have done before you run off the deep end.

The Banksters, their lawyers, our Judges have ignored hundreds of years of Property law to create MERS and do what they have done.  Our States have failed to enforce laws already on the books in favor of bailing out big banks.

Want a Rocket Docket?  Try Quiet Title Actions faster to remove the cloud on the title to peoples homes.

Fraud is Fraud.  The Law is the Law.  Prosecute the Fraud now.

LocalKid
LocalKid

^ Tobin was in County Court, and he is /was  tried in Federal court. 

Different building, different judges, different court. 

nanook5
nanook5

i don't think there was an "investigation," just a public records request which probably went not far.

FQS9000
FQS9000

So all the paper work isn't perfect.  So what.  Why should somebody who isn't paying the mortgage live in somebody else's property for free?  Answer me that and quit throwing chaff in the air.

glass slipper
glass slipper

The States ability to enforce the Real Property Laws on the books were severly undermined by the bush administration.

And Tobin should be facing charges for trying to protect his fellow tribe members.

abcdefg123
abcdefg123

@FQS9000 And why should somebody that doesn't rightfully own the mortgage have the right to foreclose? There's a lot more to it than what you're thinking.

Prosecute the Fraud
Prosecute the Fraud

MERS, which is the root cause of what the Banksters have done, was created during the Clinton Admin.

So please save the Bush's fault crap.

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