No Excuses For The Law Firm of Drummond & Drummond’s Pattern Of Unethical Behavior

PPH reports “Attorneys Paul Peck, Philip Mancini and Alexander Saksen of Pittsburgh, Pa. with the Portland (ME) law firm Drummond and Drummond are accused of failing to take “reasonable” actions after learning that GMAC Mortgage was signing legal documents to support foreclosing on people’s homes without checking if they were true and without appearing before a notary of the public to have the papers authenticated.  They “were shocked’ to learn of robo-signing.”

“The allegations against the lawyers, who represented GMAC, stemmed from their handling of Maine cases that brought attention to a national robo-signing crisis that caused temporary suspension of foreclosures by GMAC and other big mortgage lenders. They are accused of not doing enough under their ethical obligation to inform Maine courts in more than 100 foreclosure cases of the possible implications of the revelation. They are facing possible discipline by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.”

Read more HERE.

Atty. Robert Hirshon from the law firm of Drummond & Drummond, who represented Coastal Bank in a fraudulent foreclosure, failed “to take “reasonable” actions” in the theft of the home of Marion Lafortune.  Did he not check into the documented evidence? He apparently went along with the crooks. This law firm’s pattern of unethical behavior continues to exist today.

A fraudulent foreclosure was entered against Marion Lafortune  on August 24, 1993 by Coastal Bank, Robert Hirshon counsel at Drummond & Drummond and former President of the ABA. Marion fought to her death and died before seeing justice.  The accomplices in this theft by City of Biddeford officials, James Grattelo, Atty. Harry Center, are the same officials involved in the theft of her daughter’s home. Others involved,  Auctioneer William Zafirson, Atty. Jens-Peter-Bergen and York County Superior/District Court justices Fritzsche, Arthur Brennan,Robert E. Crowley and Christine Foster to name a few.

View documents:

Drummond & Drummond played “behind closed doors” with City of Biddeford officials.  August 26, 1994 confidential memo behind closed doors.

During the fraudulent foreclosure against Marion , Coastal Bank continued to accept her monthly checks.

Police Report on the arrest of Marion for criminal trespass upon her own property, August 8, 1994. No judgment, no writ of possession.

August 17, 1994 Marion filed an Injunction and it was denied by Judge Paul Fritzsche December 6, 1994, three months after the unlawful sale of her home.

September 1994 Notice and sale. The book and page registry of deeds numbers are not Marion’s property. Researching the records, people would find these book and page numbers referred to Kennebunkport Investment Corp. A great scheme to conceal the fraud and controversy surrounding this “taking.”

October 26, 1995 Deeds office – can’t find judgment.

September 16, 1994 letter from D.A. Michael Cantara to Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre. (This is professional conduct?)

November 1, 1994 Not Guilty

June 30, 1997 Maine Treasury relative to the law firm of Drummond and Woodsom.

Marion was left with the clothes on her back (1994) as Southeast Moving removed all of her belongings from her home. The Bureau of Corporations shows that Southeast Moving had not filed as a business since 1992. All of her possessions were removed from her home, damaged or stolen, including the theft of her automobile which was never recovered.

Local banks/credit unions pull the same stunts…rubber-stamped by the courts.

Did Atty. Hirshon not view the evidence against his client, Coastal Bank?

Do you think Scott Davis, Maine BAR, will hold his “buddies” accountable? And Chief Justice Leigh Saufley will agree?

They are not above the law either!

Related: THE MAINE FORUM – FIRST AMENDMENT CASE (Part 1)

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Judge Paul A. Fritzsche, York County (Me) Superior Court, Threatens Court Watcher

By: Dorothy Lafortune

Recently I  was a  courtwatcher in a case before Judge Paul A. Fritzsche.  When the defendant finished her argument she came back to where I was seated.  The courtroom was full of prisoners and attorneys.  Judge Fritzsche interrupted the court to address me personally. He stated my name and proceeded to tell me that he had seen me a few times, recently, in his courtroom. He proceeded to tell me that I could attend his hearings, as they are public, but that I would not go into his court “as an amateur attorney.”  What? I was an observer of his courtroom procedures. I am familiar with his way of  “doing business.”

I believe that Judge Fritzsche is on the hot seat in the foreclosure case of Debra Reagan v. U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION and sits in frustration.  Debby has done much work and research and has done a marvelous job at proving fraud in her case. It was apparent to me that Judge Fritzsche was attempting to get the bank’s attorney to somehow settle with Debby and he could be done with the case.  This is not an easy, slam-dunk, case for him.  He saw me courtwatching in his courtroom, along with others, but what’s on his mind?

When he saw me in court on November 6th, did he have a flashback to the Reagan case? Is he bothered about his past actions and using “today” to threaten me?

I have been pursuing the theft of my mother’s home by the same officials in Biddeford Maine who stole my home. Judge Fritzsche has participated in aiding and abetting in this theft.

A fraudulent foreclosure was entered against my mother on August 24, 1993 by Coastal Bank, Robert Hirshon counsel and former President of the ABA. She fought to her death and died before seeing justice.  The accomplices in this theft by City of Biddeford officials, James Grattelo, Atty. Harry Center, are the same officials involved in the theft of my home. Others involved,  Auctioneer William Zafirson, Atty. Jens-Peter-Bergen and York County Superior/District Court justices Fritzsche, Arthur Brennan, Robert E. Crowley and Christine Foster to name a few.

During the fraudulent foreclosure against my mother, Coastal Bank continued to accept my mother’s monthly checks.

Police Report on the arrest of my mother for criminal trespass upon her own property, August 8, 1994. No judgment, no writ of possession.

August 17, 1994 my mother filed an Injunction and it was denied by Judge Paul Fritzsche December 6, 1994, three months after the sale of her home.

August 26, 1994 confidential memo behind closed doors.

September 1994 Notice and sale. The book and page registry of deeds numbers are not my mother’s property. Researching the records, people would find these book and page numbers referred to Kennebunkport Investment Corp. A great scheme to conceal the fraud and controversy surrounding this “taking.”

October 26, 1995 Deeds office – can’t find judgment. 

September 16, 1994 letter from D.A. Michael Cantara to Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre.

November 1, 1994 Not Guilty

June 30, 1997 Maine Treasury relative to the law firm of Drummond and Woodsom.

My mother was left with the clothes on her back (like me) as Southeast Moving removed all of her belongings from her home. The Bureau of Corporations shows that Southeast Moving had not filed as a business since 1992. Everything was removed including her vehicle (which was never recovered).

Filing a complaint on any judge with the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability is futile…especially today since Judge Fritzsche sits on the committee, (a new posting of members appears on this link; the older list was copied and posted below with Judge Fritzsche listed as a member until August 31, 2018) as does Robert E. Crowley, Esq. (former judge), Superior Court Justice Roland A. Cole and Charles W. Smith Jr., Esq. (atty. in the law firm of Smith, Eliott & Garmey), all involved in my cases.

Does Judge Paul Fritzsche have something on his mind for a reason?

Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability
MEMBERS AND STAFF
The Committee is composed of seven members who serve for one nonrenewable six-year term. Two of the members are judges (from the Superior, District, or Probate Courts), two are lawyers,and three are members of the public (including the current chairperson). The judicial members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, and the lawyer and public members are appointed by the Court upon the recommendation of the Governor. The current CommitteeMembers are:

Dr. Anne E. Pooler, Chairperson, until February 3, 2021
Dr. Jill Gordon, until October 7, 2017
Jennifer Nichols Ferguson, Esq., until December 12, 2017
District Court Judge Peter J. Goranites, until August 3, 2017
Superior Court Justice Paul A. Fritzsche, until August 31, 2018
Robert E. Crowley, Esq., until August 31, 2018
Jon P. Van Hoogenstyn, until August 31, 2018
The Committee has four alternate members (one Superior Court Justice, one District Court Judge, one lawyer, and one public member) who attend Committeemeetings and vote when a regular member is absent or is disqualified from participating in a particular matter. The current Alternate Members are:

Judicial:

Superior Court Justice Roland A. Cole, until August 31, 2018
District Court Judge Patricia G. Worth, until August 3, 2017
Lawyer Member:

Charles W. Smith Jr., Esq., until August 31, 2018
Lay Member:

Christine S. Gianopoulos, M.P.A., until February 3, 2021
Judicial Liaison:

Associate Justice Ellen A. Gorman, Maine Supreme Judicial Court
In addition, the Committee currently employs a part-time Executive Secretary, who is a lawyer, and an Administrative Assistant. They are:

Cabanne Howard, Executive Secretary

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