Good Guy of the Year Finalist for sure:
With the economy soft and thousands of Philadelphians delinquent on their mortgages, Sheriff [John] Green this spring refused to hold a court-ordered foreclosure auction. His move raised eyebrows on the bench and dropped jaws among lenders and their attorneys, who accuse him of shirking his duty to enforce legal contracts.
It also prompted a sweeping, court-endorsed deal, scheduled to go into effect next week, that aims to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Even as Congress moves forward with a federal plan that could insure up to $300 billion in refinanced mortgages, Mr. Green’s unilateral approach has pushed Philadelphia to the leading edge of local responses to the national crisis.
Not gonna be finalists:
Mortgage lenders, servicers and their attorneys thought Mr. Green was acting more Robin Hood than sheriff. “It’s not his job to postpone things in favor of certain people,” says Michael VanBuskirk, a Philadelphia attorney, who describes the city as a “legal free-fire zone.” The city, he says, is “less attractive to business if you can’t be certain that the sheriff won’t invalidate a contract.”
Quote of the Year Finalist for sure:
“It’s not the sheriff’s job to sell houses,” says Deputy Sheriff’s Officer Paris Washington, a veteran of the department and its head of training. “It’s the sheriff’s job to serve the people who elected him. Because he was elected by the people, he has to listen to the people. Aren’t the people the law?”
It’s quite a story. It’s well worthwhile to read the whole article.