People celebrated at a church in Raleigh on Monday after the Supreme Court declined to hear a case over North Carolina’s voter ID law, leaving in place a lower-court ruling that struck down key parts of the law as an unconstitutional effort to target African-Americans. Credit Robert Willett/The News & ObserverRead More on the NY Times Website
Harris County district attorney Kim Ogg announces a new policy to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in Houston. The new policy means that most misdemeanor offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana will not be arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court if they agree to take a four-hour drug education class. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle )
In a Houston lawsuit, officials are defending a system that jails the poor, but the D.A. and sheriff say they can’t support it.
The Osceola County Clerk of Courts in conjunction with the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the creation of a Domestic Partnership Registry.
After observing years of abusive mortgage loan servicing practices at the bank, an increasing number of judges hearing foreclosure cases after the financial crisis grew to understand that banks could not always be trusted in their pleadings. Read More on the NY Times Website
The Clerk of the Court, Armando Ramirez realizes many residents of Osceola County have been affected by the devastating effects of a foreclosure. However, there are other aspects of the foreclosure which go far beyond the obvious issues of the credit ratings and the difficulties of finding a new place to live. This aspect is one Clerk Ramirez feels very strongly about, the impact a foreclosure has on the family and community.
Please read the following report to gain some insight on how a foreclosure can affect a family and the community: Impacts of Foreclosures on Families and Communities
The forensic examination of the real property records of Osceola County, Florida was commissioned by Armando Ramirez, a duly elected public official with the title of Clerk of the Circuit Court of Osceola County, Florida. In all times and places within this report, the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall be hereinafter referred to as “Clerk”.
In Florida, the Clerks of the Court have a dual role as both a clerk of the official records (which contain vital statistics as well as real property records, the focus of this examination) and as clerks of the circuit courts in the counties which they serve. It is this Clerk’s opinion, being autonomous from legislative and judicial influence, that it is his moral duty to the property owners of Osceola County to conduct a comprehensive forensic examination of not only his Court Records but also of his Official Property Records in light of the ongoing foreclosure crisis.
While the Florida Statutes do not specifically state that among the duties of the Clerks is to be concerned with the integrity of the records they were elected to maintain, there is nothing in the Statutes that prohibit the Clerks from engaging the services of examiners to review and investigate the records as to whether the records violate civil or criminal statutes by virtue of their submission for recordation or filing with said Clerks. Thus, it appears that the Clerk in question desired to undertake such a task, believing that the records he was duly elected to maintain have been compromised as to their integrity. To that end, the Clerk took it upon himself to investigate and seek out examiners worthy of such a task, a specialty which proffers very few contenders, and entered into a contract with DK Consultants LLC, a Texas-based limited liability company, that performs such tasks. DK Consultants LLC did not solicit the Osceola County Clerk.
By mutual agreement, specific filing dates of June 1, 2012 through June 1, 2014 were selected as target filing dates; however, there was nothing prohibiting the examiners from conducting aforensic examination outside of those target dates if they found probable cause to search outside of those parameters where alleged criminal violations would apply; such was the case here.
It was the initial intent of this Clerk to have this forensic examination and investigation conducted of his records due to the current state of suspect affairs surrounding certain corporate entities operating within the United States and the State of Florida that appear to have tainted his real property and court records with false, misrepresentative and malicious filings that have not only comprised the integrity of the records he was duly elected to maintain, but also may have committed crimes against the people of the State of Florida as well as against the real property owners of Osceola County, Florida. The Clerk therefore contractually retained the examiners to conduct such an investigation by virtue of a comprehensive forensic examination, which initially took place between July 14 through July 18, 2014, and continued thereafter until the time the results of the examination were released in this report. There appears to be probable cause to believe that criminal activity within both sets of these records did in fact occur.
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