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Naming names

The foreclosure crisis has a human face, or human faces -- and it's not just those of the people who are losing their homes. The people who profit most from the mess have faces, and names, too. Jason Flores-Williams, a novelist/lawyer who splits his time between Los Angeles and Santa Fe, NM, sent me an unedited version of an op-ed piece he wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican. In it he identifies a single law firm in Albuquerque whose name has popped up exclusively on foreclosure actions against Flores-Williams' clients. The New Mexican published its version of the piece yesterday, but it named no names, and the "one law firm" Flores-Williams wrote about in the draft he sent me is changed to "one or two." The New Mexican doesn't want to be sued. Neither does Chicken Corner.

According to Flores (in the New Mexican):

What I found time after time, foreclosure after foreclosure, was that it wasn't just some law office in Albuquerque, but one or two particular law offices that were handling Bank of America foreclosures in Northern New Mexico.

It's a great op-ed that Flores-Williams wrote, and Chicken Corner applauds that he puts his own face forward, speaking as an attorney:

Some of us don't believe that lawyers should allow themselves to be complicit in the destruction of the American dream. None of us is perfect -- far from it -- but we should stand for something more. So, for whatever it's worth: To all the families who have suffered at the hands of Bank of America and its stable of lawyers, please accept this letter as an apology on behalf of those of us who would never have done this to you.

To read the piece, click here.


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