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Are the feds serious about investigating banks for their shady foreclosures? One D.C. insider told the Washington Post’s Zachary A. Goldfarb that, if nothing else, they’re putting on a nice show of force. “In more than 25 years dealing with major financial crisis issues, I have never seen this many agencies focused on a single issue,” said Andrew Sandler, a lawyer who works on government investigations. Goldfarb writes:
After reports surfaced in recent weeks that large banks filed court documents across the country that had not been properly prepared or reviewed, federal investigators want to determine whether similar paperwork was submitted to housing agencies to get insurance payouts, the source said.
In some cases, bank employees have acknowledged signing documents without reviewing them. If similar filings were made to housing agencies, this could violate federal law, which makes it a crime to lie about substantive matters to the federal government.
File this one under the stranger than fiction folder. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia, called up Anita Hill over the weekend to offer an “olive branch,” of sorts. Mrs. Thomas was willing to let bygones be bygones if Hill, now a Brandeis law professor, would simply apologize for being so mean at Justice Thomas’ confirmation hearings so many years ago. Remember that Hill testified about sexual harassment that she says happened while she worked for Thomas at the EEOC. According to CNN, the voicemail left on Hill’s answering machine by Mrs. Thomas said:
“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology some time and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.”