• July 3, 2012

Leading up to July 4, 1776, “the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” (now better known as the Declaration of Independence) complained that the George III, then King of England, “sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”

As anyone with inconsiderate room-mates knows, this is NOT COOL.  (And, if a room-mate is totally uncool, maybe he’s mentally ill. That could explain it.)

Unsurprisingly, wacky George III apparently did not want his rebellious colonists adjudicating right and wrong either so he “obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.”

Fast forward 236 years and now in the great U.S.A., Horace Allen, of Mathews, North Carolina, unrepresented by a lawyer, can take on the 18th largest bank on earth represented by the largest law firm in a Minnesota court of appeals…and win a reversal of the trial court’s decision against him.  

What, exactly, does Mr. Allen of Matthews, North Carolina win?  It seems he won an award of four months, three weeks, and a few days to pay the Bank of America (BOA) what he owes the bank.  Only then, if BOA remains unpaid, can it take possession of Mr. Allen’s Scott County former home.

The justice system in action…

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