Judge tosses mortgage 'robosigning' case in Vegas

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Updated: 2/26/2013 5:20 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has dismissed all charges in a marquee felony criminal complaint the state attorney general filed in December 2011 accusing two lending services company employees of being part of a massive mortgage fraud "robosigning" scheme.

A lawyer for defendant Gary Trafford called Clark County District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth's decision on Monday to dismiss all 306 felony and misdemeanor charges against his client and co-defendant Gerry Sheppard as "extraordinary."

The attorney, John Hueston, on Tuesday accused Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and deputies of "prosecutorial misconduct" in the way they presented information to a grand jury to gain an indictment against Trafford and Sheppard.

Masto issued a statement saying there was no intent to mislead the grand jury.

She says she's considering whether to refile criminal charges.

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bgamall - 2/26/2013 9:10 PM
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IMO, just another skirting of laws so that banksters pay no jail time for their crimes. Robo signing was a crime because the courts needed the notes proven ownership. The judge is a moron, and lots of people think he was paid off. Our justice system has no justice against banksters. We are no longer a free people.

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