LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire -10/20/11)- In a series of hearings occurring in Florida and California, federal and state courts ruled that a lawsuit filed against California Attorney General Kamala Harris will continue. Former Florida State Prosecutor Michael S. Riley, who was present at the hearing today in Los Angeles, stated, "Ms. Harris may have unlawfully seized funds from lawyers suing allegedly corrupt banks and financial institutions."
In what were described as very "unusual" proceedings attended by hundreds of homeowners, Attorney General Harris attempted to assume jurisdiction over well-known attorney Mitchell J. Stein but failed when Stein -- known for 20 years as the "Doberman" -- said multiple times in a packed Los Angeles courtroom that he will continue representing aggrieved home owners nationwide. Judge Jane Johnson did not dispute that he could indeed continue his legal representation of homeowners. Mr. Stein challenged Ms. Harris and the Judge to attempt to enjoin him from representing the homeowners in the face of California's new "pro-bank" stance, and both Ms. Harris' office and the Judge refused the invitation.
Mr. Riley further clarified, "The Florida court also stated that Ms. Harris may have unlawfully seized monies of Mr. Stein and asked Stein to file an amended lawsuit to identify which accounts Harris unlawfully seized and to also identify other legal claims against Harris."
Ms. Harris then asked the Los Angeles Court to issue an injunction prohibiting 26 people from engaging in acts that have no bearing on the lawsuits currently being handled by lawyers who are working with Mr. Stein, and have no bearing on home ownership or on protecting the country from the current bank scandal.
The Los Angeles hearing was attended by more than 100 homeowners, each of whom said they were appalled and shocked that the State of California is looking to protect banks who are already found to have to have committed unsafe and unsound practices. Some of the homeowners drove more than 500 miles to attend the hearing. A homeowner who wished to remain anonymous for fear of being retaliated against by the banks said, "Mr. Stein is the only person willing to stand up to the most obvious corruption I have ever seen. I now have seen the 'Doberman' in action, taking corruption on head to head. What I saw today was an eye-opener."
These entire proceedings are seen in the backdrop of the Obama Administration's announcement yesterday of an additional $75 trillion bailout for Bank of America, an ominous sign for the Administration as the elections are approaching and the economy worsens. While California has now taken off its mask and is completely "pro bank," other states like New York, Delaware, Nevada, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Arizona are taking a more measured approach. With the elections nearing, these activities by State and Federal officials are creating poll numbers showing an extremely nervous democratic party apparently grasping at straws regarding where to turn.
According to Los Angeles Attorney Mitchell J. Stein, "There have been other times in the Nation's history when corruption -- like $75 trillion dollar bailouts -- have reached the highest levels of our government. Each time, in the United States, the people end up victorious. Once exposed, corruption will never win."
Mr. Stein also said he was gratified "that so many home owners came from all around the country to see for themselves the justice system at work."
About Michael S. Riley: Mr. Riley is a former Deputy Attorney General and Florida State Prosecutor. He serves on national task forces with the FBI, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as other state and federal law enforcement agencies. Mr. Riley currently represents numerous, large, national and international corporations and high profile individuals. His offices are located in the state of Florida, where he has been a member of the Florida Bar for 35 years.