Ferguson Protests Reignite With Police Threats To Journalists, Autopsy Reveals Brown Shot Six Times

By: Monday August 18, 2014 5:15 am

Ferguson, Missouri is still in chaos as protests ran through a Sunday night curfew. Police officers were recorded threatening to mace one reporter and shoot another. Tear gas was fired on demonstrators as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and has now activated the Missouri National Guard. Adding fuel to the fire [...]

The Lorraine Brown Case: Accountability for Fraudulent Document Preparers, Not the Banks Who Requested the Documents

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 3:09 pm

The Justice Department has issued their formal press release in the plea arrangement with Lorraine Brown, the former President of fraudulent foreclosure document processor DocX, a division of LPS. Brown pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud and faces five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, from what DoJ describes as “a [...]

Formal Criminal Charge Filed in Florida Against Lorraine Brown, President of Notorious Foreclosure Document Processor DocX UPDATE: Plea Deal

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:55 am

The US Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, Robert O’Neill, has submitted an information, basically a criminal charge without the use of a grand jury for the indictment, of Lorraine Brown, the founder of DocX, for the fraudulent production of mortgage assignments, notarizations, and other documents used to foreclose on borrowers (h/t 4closure fraud). [...]

Akin: McCaskill Not “Ladylike” in Debate

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 12:18 pm

As the Republican establishment returns to the fold in the Missouri Senate race, it’s worth reminding everyone that one of the major problems with Todd Akin is the simple fact that he’s Todd Akin. It’s not like the “legitimate rape” comments sprung out of the blue; they exist on a continuum of other extremist comments. [...]

MO-Sen: Todd Akin Plans Press Conference for Later Today

By: Friday August 24, 2012 12:55 pm

Care for a Friday afternoon news dump? Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate whose comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape dominated the week, will hold a press conference today at 4:15pm CT in St. Louis County. I’m not sure why this would be held if it weren’t an update to the status of his Senate [...]

LPS Wiggles Out of Criminal Prosecution in Missouri

By: Friday August 3, 2012 7:35 am

You may remember that there was one big criminal case in the foreclosure fraud scandal leading up to the settlement. Missouri Attorney General John Koster indicted Lorraine Brown, the founder and former President of the document processor DocX, for forgery and making false declarations on mortgage documents. The assumption here was that you could go [...]

Some Democratic Governors Also Shaky on Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 9:35 am

All the Dem operatives and commentators ensuring that every state will “eventually” (an indeterminate length) opt into the Medicaid expansion makes the case that they will see what a good deal it is for the states and simply have to comply. Greg Sargent looks at some numbers from the Urban Institute showing that states would [...]

Missouri – Under Democratic Governor and AG – Becomes Second State to Vow to Divert Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Money to Budget

By: Monday February 13, 2012 7:37 am

Lots of people were angered by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s announcement that he would use money gained from the foreclosure fraud settlement to plug his budget hole. I suspected that a lot of states with a budget gap would go this route. And that apparently includes Missouri, a state with a Democratic Governor and a [...]

Missouri AG Chris Koster Files Criminal Charges Against Foreclosure Fraud Document Processor DocX

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 7:34 am

Yesterday I talked about how the failure to prosecute represented a fundamental decay at the heart of our politics, a symbol of the lack of accountability that has plagued this country for a decade. Yesterday, we began to get some accountability for foreclosure fraud in the unlikeliest of places: Missouri.  From the New York Times [...]

Republican “You’re On Your Own” Policies Catching Up With Them

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:29 pm

Eric Cantor is trending on Twitter right now, and it’s for a comment he made about the tornado that killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. Cantor, merely following established conservative ideology, made the statement that no emergency relief for Joplin would pass the House without corresponding cuts elsewhere. As the Washington Times reports, [...]

Tornado in Joplin, MO Kills 89

By: Monday May 23, 2011 6:55 am

A powerful and unexpected tornado has killed at least 89 people, with the death toll expected to rise. The tornado cut right through the center of town, and residents had only 20 minutes of warning before it struck. Much of the city’s south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins. [...]

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