Judge Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr.Corruption

Judge Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse, Jr. is a well-connected jurist who became a Circuit Court Judge in 1998, and was assigned to the Appellate Court by the Supreme Court in 2009, likely with protection from Justice Charles Freeman who regularly helps his cronies, like Judge Cynthia Y. Cobbs.  to obtain judicial seats.   Howse  was slated for this vacancy by the Cook County Democratic Party,  whom Howse paid $25,000.00 in August 2012.

Average people did not support Nathaniel Howse election campaign. His donors included  well-connected lawyers like Cooney & Conway; Corboy&DeMetrio (Philip Corboy was a father-in-law to Justice Epstein); Power Rogers & Smith, led by Joseph Power, Jr., son of one of Mayor Daley closest political allies  Judge Joseph Power; Clifford Law Offices and its partner Kevin Durkin ($3,500.00), (whose seven brothers are referred as a well known “bunch.” That’s because five of them are lawyers, one is a judge (Thomas Durkin, federal judge and former partner at Mayer Brown who regularly represent banks in fraudulent foreclosures in Appeal Court) , one is a politician (Sen. Jim Durkin). Howse main donors

Howse received substantial amounts from multimillionaire businessman Timothy Rand ($4,000.00). Rand, who  has found a way to avoid paying years of property taxes on his restaurants at Midway and a sweetheart deal to operate on taxpayer-owned land with highly favorable terms including no property taxes and free water, gas and garbage pickup. Since the late 1990s, Rand and his businesses have made campaign contributions totaling $780,000 to local politicians, records show, including $5,000 he gave in 2008 to Alvarez and $10,000 to the Cook County Democratic Party, headed by Joseph Berrios, who’s now the county assessor.

As a judge Howse is serving his parties of interests (who bankroll judicial elections, of course).  According to public comments,Judge Howse has demonstrated his inability to have integrity or a backbone. Colleagues say he is a fence straddler, he does whatever he is told to do”.  Based on my personal experience, Justice Howse, freely acts is excess of all jurisdiction; trespass  applicable laws; steal honest services  from Illinois public; fix cases for his parties of interests; and deprive litigants from civil rights, specially whose who appear ProSe – all with total impunity, thanks to beneficial connections  with powerful politicians, including  former President Barack Obama and his clout.

I truly doubt if Justice Howse, a member of Special Committee on Illinois Evidence, actually review cases before he rules in favor of his preferred parties, specially Big Banks and corporations. In my case,   the key  evidence was criminally concealed by corrupt Cook County Court Judge Robert E. Senechalle, Jr. ; and never became a part of my Appeal case records.  Justice Howse, who never seen documents based on which Senechalle entered his void  decision, simply signed his favorable for Wells Fargo bank  verdict  after his colleagues, Judge James R. Epstein and Judge David Ellis;while Howse, as well as Epstein and Ellis,  had a glaring conflict of interests to handle this case.

Howse’s  father, well-connected lawyer Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse, Sr.  worked as an assistant states attorney for Cook County before he started his own practice at a firm known as Frost, Claytor, Sherard and Howse. He and Thomas W. Sherard left the practice when he  was appointed as a Cook County Judge and the firm became Howse and Howse.

That firm merged to become Howse, Howse, Neville and Gray,  where  Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse, Jr.; and his long-time crony and law partner, well-connected  Judge P. Scott Neville, (former clerk to Justice Glenn Johnson, crony with Mayor Harold Washington) worked between 1990-2000. (In 1996 P. Scott Neville served as a First Vice President of Cook County Bar Association (who provide   rating for  judicial candidates) while worked as Howse, Howse, Neville & Gray partner.

Worth to mention, well-connected  Justice Charles E. Freeman, who has been an appellate judge since 1986, shared law offices with the late Mayor Harold Washington and twice administered the oath of office to Washington. He was an arbitrator for the Illinois Industrial Commission, which hears worker`s compensation disputes, and was a member of the Illinois Commerce Commission board before becoming a Cook County Circuit Court judge in 1976. Freeman, a South Side resident, won the endorsement of the party organization during slatemaking sessions. His ties to party regulars worry independent Democrats, according to Alan Dobry, a longtime independent and Democratic committeeman of the 5th Ward. But Fifth Ward Democratic Committeeman Alan Dobry’s organization was  backing Freeman.

Judge Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse’s well-connected sister, Natalie Howse,  was a President of Cook County Bar Association who is currently works as Cook County Assistant Attorney General.

Judge Howse and his wife, Patricia (Patty) Howse are generous donors to many judicial and political campaign. (Judge Howse donated at least 137 times)

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As a lawyer, Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr. practiced with another well-connected Chicago jurist, Barack H.  Obama, who represented the same clients as then-lawyers Nathaniel Howse and Philander Scott  Neville (now both are Appeal Court Justices)

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In 1993-1994 Howse, Nevill  and Obama  represented Richard Barnett in a case against Mayor Daley 32 F.3d 1196 Richard BARNETT, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Richard M. DALEY, et al., No. 93-3644. (Judson H. Miner (argued), Barack H. Obama, Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, Nathaniel R. Howse, R. Eugene Pincham, P. Scott Neville, Jr., Howse, Howse, Neville & Gray, Chicago, IL, for plaintiffs-appellants.) 

In 1996, Neville and Howse  were removed by a District Judge from a case  for ” the ground that they had abandoned their clients.” According to the case, In Re Richard Barnett, Eddie Read, P. Scott Neville,Nathaniel Howse, Jr., and R. Eugene Pincham, Petitioners, 97 F.3d 181 (7th Cir. 1996), the district judge expressed his displeasure at the fact that none of the plaintiffs’ other lawyers were prepared to pick up the reins dropped by Miner. On June 19, shortly before the trial resumed, the judge on his own initiative struck as attorneys of record in the case the lawyers–four in number, of whom the petitioner lawyers are three–who had not appeared in the courtroom for at least a year.”

Howse and Neville  were criticized for charging excessive legal fees for their services. According to Court ruling in 122 F. Supp. 2d 915 (2000) Richard BARNETT, et al., Plaintiffs v. CITY OF CHICAGO, et al.,”Defendants raise substantial objections to fee requests from three additional attorneys, Eugene Pincham, P. Scott Neville, and Nathaniel Howse, Jr. Mr. Pincham *919 seeks $654,625 in fees, Mr. Neville seeks $358,880, and Judge Howse  seeks $131,080 in fees. Defendants raise several objections to these fee requests.  The most serious challenge to the requested fees raised by defendants concerns the number of hours for which Messrs. Pincham, Neville and Howse seek compensation. It is undisputed that none of these lawyers were actively involved in this case after late 1992 when Mr. Miner became lead counsel.

Obama was a lawyer for Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland whom Obama joined in 1993 ,  where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004, The firm was well-known among influential Chicago liberals and leaders of the black community, and the firm’s Judson H. Miner, had been counsel to former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. 

Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland and Miner introduced Obama  to a number of people in politics. Obama already knew many others. Mr. Obama’s ability to replicate the eclectic coalition he built in Chicago and expand it to the national stage has allowed the one-term senator to match the Clintons at their signature game: collecting influential friends and supporters.

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In 1986, during Mayor Harold Washington’s first term, a new judge ordered seven wards redrawn with black or Latino majorities and special elections held.  The lawyer for that lawsuit (and earlier ones) was Judson Miner, who in the 1960’s was a founder of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. In the 1980’s, he was Mayor Washington’s chief corporate counsel. By the 1990’s, he was back in private practice where he hired and mentored a young protégé named Barack Obama.

The decision to accept Mr. Miner’s job offer quickly paid off. By the time Mr. Obama announced his candidacy for the Illinois Senate in 1995  he had cultivated a network of influential supporters. Mr. Miner was “enormously helpful” in introducing Mr. Obama to the liberal coalition of blacks and whites that had helped elect Mr. Washington, said Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend and close adviser.Adele Simmons, the Director of corrupt ShoreBank who provided multi-million mortgages for South Side properties which worth at most $20K,  a close friend of Valerie Jarrett. Simmons and Jarrett also sit on the board of a dubious Chicago Civic Organization.

Mr. Obama cultivated clients like Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, the influential pastor of an 18,000-member black church and founding president of the Woodlawn Organization, which focuses on improving conditions for blacks in a neighborhood adjacent to Hyde Park. The two men began talking politics over tennis games at Chicago’s elite East Bank Club, Mr. Brazier recalled.

Mr. Obama also worked on housing redevelopment projects involving Antoin Rezko, who became one of Mr. Obama’s most generous donors. Mr. Rezko is currently on trial for corruption charges unrelated to Mr. Obama. Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland had represented Rezko’s company and helped him get more than 43 million dollars in government funding.

It was through the law firm that Mr. Obama met Marilyn Katz, who gave him entry into another activist network. Mr. Obama was comfortable attending performances of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with city scions like Newton N. Minow, former Chair of Federal Communication Commission; ; and the father of Martha Minow. Mr. Minow, who had served in the Kennedy administration and managed the white-shoe law firm of Sidley Austin (who often appears in IL Appeal Courts) when Mr. Obama worked there after his first year of law school, began introducing him to Chicago’s business titans. Mr. Obama also fit in at Hyde Park’s fringes, among university faculty members like Bill Ayers, the former terrorist. Bill Ayers is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He founded the Weather Underground, a radical revolutionary group that bombed buildings in the 60s and 70s. He had no remorse for those who were killed, escaped jail on a technicality, and is still an admitted Marxist); and Bernardine Dohrn; along with Mr. Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright.

When Obama sat on the board of the JOYCE FOUNDATION, he “funneled” thousands of charity dollars to a  John Ayers, who runs a dubious education fund. Yes, you guessed it. The brother of Bill Ayers, the terrorist.

In the state Capitol in Springfield, Mr. Obama was guided through the political thicket by powerful mentors, like Abner Mikva, father of well-connected Appeal Judge Mary L. Mikva. It was not long into Mr. Obama’s first term when Mr. Mikva recalled getting a telephone call from Paul Simon, the recently retired United States senator. Mr. Mikva had become friends with Mr. Obama after returning from a stint as White House counsel for President Bill Clinton to teach law at the university. Mr. Simon suggested Mr. Mikva play matchmaker between Mr. Obama and Emil Jones Jr., the powerful Democratic leader of the State Senate. For the better part of a quarter century, Mr. Mikva had played in a golfing foursome that included Mr. Jones. “ ‘Say, our friend Barack Obama has a chance to push this campaign finance bill through,’ ” Mr. Mikva recalled Mr. Simon’s telling him. “ ‘Why don’t you call your friend Emil Jones and tell him how good he is.’

As Mr. Obama moved closer to running, he paid a visit to James S. Crown (director of JPMorgan Chase & Co., General Dynamics and Sara Lee.)  He is also the managing partner of the Aspen Skiing Company.[3]and his father, Lester, billionaire investors who presided over a sprawling Chicago business dynasty and prominent leaders in the Jewish community.In courting families like the Crowns, Mr. Obama was gaining entree into the upper echelon of the city’s corporate boardrooms.

Clearly, with such powerful circle of friends, it is very helpful to have loyal and reliable judges in Illinois  Higher Courts who would stop at nothing to place their hand-picked candidates in judicial seats.

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Judge Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr. beneficial  connections included  but not limited to:

Alison Davis, senior  from  Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland as Obama’s law firm boss; Director, Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Company, president of Local Initiative Support Corporation/Chicago, partner with Tony Rezko on real estate deals, board of director of Illinois State Pension System, donor to Obama.

Judson Miner, Senior partner, Davis, Miner, corporation counsel for Mayor Harold Washington, hired Valerie Jarrett as deputy corporation counsel, donor to Obama.

Valerie Jarret, Deputy corporation counsel with Miner; deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley, Hired Michelle Obama while D/CoS to Daley; Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development for Mayor Daley; CEO The Habitat Company, Board of Trustees University of Chicago Medical Center, Vice Chmn University of Chicago, donor to Obama.

Martin Nesbitt, Played basketball at Princeton University with Craig Robinson brother Michelle Obama, VP of LaSalle Real Estate, VP of Pritzker Realty, treasurer of Obama for Obama for President, donor to Obama

Eric Whitaker, Played basketball at Princeton University with Craig Robinson, brother of Michelle Obama, Director Illinois Department of Public Health by recommendation from Barack Obama and Tony Rezko; University of Chicago Medical Center Director of Urban Health Initiative; donor to Obama;

Michelle Obama, Princeton University with brother Craig Robinson, lawyer Sidley Austin where Barack Obama was an intern for her, Worked for Valerie Jarrett with Mayor Daley; University of Chicago and University of Chicago Medical Center, director of Urban Health. Eric Whitaker succeeded her;

Tony Rezko, Offered job to Barack Obama when at Harvard Law School, First campaign donor for Obama for state Senate, member finance committee Obama for U.S. Senate, client to Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, partner with Bishop Arthur Brazier with Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Company, partner with Allison S. Davis on real estate deals; wife Rita bought residential lot adjacent to Obama’s Hyde Park home;donor of $250K to Obama

John Rogers, CEO Ariel Investments, played basketball at Princeton University with Craig Robinson, received support from state Senator Obama for Illinois State Pension System; donor and bundler for Obama for President raising at least $1.5 million;

Late Bishop Arthur Brazier, Led Apostolic Church of God client of Davis Miner; directed low income housing complexes, Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation and Grove Parc a client of Davis Miner; hired Valerie Jarrett’s Habitat Company to manage WPIC and Grove Parc.

Marylin Katz, Head of MK Communications; client of Davis, Miner; recommended Valerie Jarrett to Habitat Company; PR agency for Local Initiative Support Corporation of which Allison S. Davis was president of LISC/Chicago; donor to Obama.

Of course for  a powerful clout of well-connected politicians its very helpful to have reliable judges in the Higher Courts, like Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr; and P. Scott Nevill, Jr.

My experience with Judge Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr  was in 2014 when he helped Wells Fargo bank and  Judge James R. Epstein and Judge David Ellis to steal my property, based on void orders entered by corrupt Judge Jean M. Prendergast Rooney; and Judge Robert E. Senechalle, Jr.

Justice Howse never saw the key evidence criminally concealed by Judge Senechalle from the case records on December 4, 2013; when Howse claimed that “Plaintiff also attached an adjustable rate promissory Note, which provided that the lender was Fremont and endorsed by Michael Koch, Fremont Vice President, to “pay in order of ** without recourse” and “thereafter, Fremont transferred the loan to plaintiff as indicated by notation **” Deutsche Bank N.t. as Trustee for Fremont Home Loan Trust 2006-1.”. This is absurd.

The fictitious Trust on behalf of which foreclosure case 11-CH-28887 was filed is GSAMP 2006-FM1, not Fremont 2006-1, and the Note attached to Complaint has none of the notations observed by the Justices.

Despite Howse’s obvious lack of jurisdiction; Plaintiff’s lack of standing and fraud upon the Court committed by Cook county Court judges Prendergast and Senechalle and Wells Fargo bank lawyers,Justice Howse refused to reverse his void decision and stole honest services and my property, using his position of public Trust as a tool.

This foreclosure case was filed on August 16, 2011 by lawyer Douglas Oliver who acted on behalf of a defunct “Trustee” Deutsche Bank (“DBNT”)and a fictitious legal entity REMIC Trust GSAMP 2006FM1, and  filed a fraudulent complaint based on forged documents and false statement claiming that DBNT is a “current mortgagee” who received “interest” in my property from MERS, a purported “mortgagee” for my loan with long-time bankrupt and non-existing Fremont Mortgage and Loan.

All these statements were lies and obstruction of justice. MERS never was a mortgagee for my loan with Fremont; and DBNT was NOT a Trustee for Trust GSAMP 2006FM1 since this Trust did not exist since January 2007; never had any registration in the State of Illinois (where the property is located); and cannot accept ANY interest in ANY securities (mortgages) more than 5 years after its closing day.

The first judge in this case was Judge Jean M. Prendergast Rooney, crony to Justice Mary Jane Theis (whom Rooney gave substantial funds for election); Loyola classmate with IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan (whom Rooney gave substantial funds for election); and niece of a well-connected lawyer Richard Prendergast, who gave very substantial funds for most judicial and political election).

Judge Rooney had a duty to comply to the minimum with the basic rules of Civil Proceeding such as 5/2-403, 5/1-109, 5/2-605 and 5/15-1508. Rooney should have demand a Sworn Affidavit in support of Deutsche Bank’s standing as the plaintiff, and verify validity of the Notices, which she never did.

Rooney trespassed the law and favorably ruled on legally void pleadings. “When a judge does not follow the law, i.e., they are a trespasser of the law, the judge loses subject-matter jurisdiction and the judges orders are void, of no legal force or effect.” Thus, the original Order entered by Judge Rooney was void.

On December 28, 2012, I filed a Motion to Vacate Void Judgment to present for January 11, 2013 Confirmation of Sale hearing and demanded to vacate sale due to Deutsche Bank’s lack of standing and violations of the applicable laws and fraud upon the Court, which invalidated this Court’s jurisdiction. My request for reconsideration was covered by 735 ILCS 5/2-1203. North River Insurance Co.v. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., 369 Ill App. 3d 563, 572, 1st Dist. 2006.

Under IL precedents, MERS v. Barnes, 406 Ill.App.3d 1, 940 N.E.2d 118 (1st Dist. 2010) and Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Snick, 2011 IL App (3d) 100436, 957 N.E.2d 1273, “standing” is (a) an affirmative defense that is waived if not asserted and (b) must be raised prior to the confirmation of sale, when the court’s review is limited to the four elements set forth in IMFL section 1508. The latter holding in Barnes was specifically rejected in November by the second district in Wells Fargo Bank v. McCluskey, 2012 IL App (2nd) 110961, when it held that a motion to vacate can be brought at the time of the confirmation of sale regardless of the limitations of section 15-1508.

I brought my original Petition on time on December 28, 2012, or before the confirmation, which Judge Rooney knew. Nonetheless she denied my Petition and in February 15 2013 approved the Order of Sale. I objected and filed for rehearing.

On February 22, 2013, the Government entered the National Mortgage Settlement, providing additional protection to veterans like myself. Then the IL Supreme Court adopted Rule 113, which in fact duplicated existing 735 ILCS 5/2-403(a),  and required full chain of assignments in foreclosure cases, in wet-ink signatures, or  “changes in the law since the judgement was entered” under 5/2-1203.

Rooney, fully aware of these legal developments in the foreclosure crisis, agreed to hear my Motion for Reconsideration on May 23, 2013. On April 19, 2013, I receive the letter from the Federal Government where they advised me that the real plaintiff in my case is Wells Fargo bank, the Servicer. It was a new fact that I was not able to present prior to Rooney’s first judgement on February 15th. On May 23, 2013, Judge Rooney recused herself from my case and it was transferred to judge Robert E. Senechalle Jr., a well-connected crony to Mr. Michael Madigan. 

The lawyers in my case were absolutely confident that judge Senechalle will grant their Motion, so on July 12, 2013, they recorded a Deed on my property while the case was still pending in the Court, which is a direct violation of Due Process and Equal Protection clause.

Judge Senechalle did not fail them. He repeatedly ignored the insufficiency of their pleading and his lack of subject/matter jurisdiction.  On October 22, 2013, Senechalle for the first time in 2 years asked the lawyers if they had a copy of the Original Note. They responded that they “think our client has it.” On November 15, 2013, I emailed the lawyers for the copy of the Original Note before the hearing. My request was ignored, and documents never provided.

On December 4, 2013, the lawyers brought brand-new, loose documents that they introduced as the “original Mortgage and Note.”

Judge Senechalle accepted the documents and gave them to me for three-minute review. I asked to provide me a copy of these documents and that they be filed with the court records. Senechalle replied that it is not necessary since these documents were “exactly the same” documents as attached to the Complaint.

This was clearly not true. The documents were not the same. Judge Senechalle did not even bother to open my complaint to compare the lawyers’ Note with mine. I repeated my request two more times, and again stated that DBNT is a non-exist plaintiff. But Senechelle ignored, as he was too busy cracking jokes about “Merky MERS” practices as a plaintiff. (MERS has absolutely no relation to my foreclosure, except violations of Cease and Desist Order of April 13, 2011 and negligent supervision of Wells Fargo employees). Although this Note was a key evidence at the hearing in my case, the Mortgage Note and Assignment brought by lawyer Kalbas that day were never filed with the Court nor provided for my records, which supports my conclusion that the Note was forged by Wells Fargo.

At this same hearing, Senechelle refused to hear what I as the Defendant had to say, which is another violation of the law.

In his latest decision on January 13, 2016, which I must stress was made without any evidentiary hearing, Judge Senechalle advised me that the “original Note” brought by the bank is prima facie evidence. According to him the plaintiff owned the Note but both, bank and Judge Senechalle refused to file this prima facie evidence with the Court. In support, Senechalle cited Parkway Bank &Trust v. Korzen, 2013 IL App. (1st) 130380. Senechalle, who was a presiding judge in Parkway case 10-CH-36958, conveniently ignored a glaring dissimilarity of Parkway’s merits and facts in  my case. The Mortgage and Note enforced by Parkway Bank, was issued by Parkway Bank, thus the plaintiff was enforcing its OWN Mortgage secured by Note issued to Parkway, who was acting under its own name, with a legally sufficient Complaint accompanied by all required by law Affidavits. In my case, Deutsche Bank personally denies any involvement as a plaintiff while Wells Fargo participation is proven by the Government and Wells Fargo itself. Wells Fargo bank employees filed robo-signed assignment in violation of all applicable laws to defunct  REMIC Trust more than 4 years after its closing date of April 4, 2006, without any chain of endorsements. Senechalle considered it a lawful transfer, and that “original” Note without any endorsements was found a prima facie evidence of ownership, similar to Parkway case. This is a legal farce created by the judge to mislead me.

I brought my case to Appeal Court, but the Appeal Court well-connected  Justices James R. Epstein; David Ellis, Nathaniel Howse and Cynthia Cobbs  never obtained a copy of these purportedly original Mortgage, Note and Assignment.

They were unable to evaluate these documents’ validity since the lawyer and the judge in my case intentionally excluded them from Court records.

Appeal Court Justices Epstein, Howse and Ellis made their adverse decision based on incomplete case files for case 11-CH-28887 files, so it was of little surprise that their response was erroneous and void.

The Justices claimed that “Plaintiff also attached an adjustable rate promissory Note, which provided that the lender was Fremont and endorsed by Michael Koch, Fremont Vice President, to “pay in order of ** without recourse” and “thereafter, Fremont transferred the loan to plaintiff as indicated by notation **” Deutsche Bank N.t. as Trustee for Fremont Home Loan Trust 2006-1.”

But the Trust on behalf of which foreclosure case 11-CH-28887 was filed is GSAMP 2006-FM1, not Fremont 2006-1, and the Note attached to Complaint has none of the notations observed by the Justices.

I asked Justices Howse, Epstein and Ellis to reverse their void decision.

James R. Epstein promptly retired; and my Petition to Rehearing was denied by Justice Howse, Ellis (who was assigned to Appeal Court on December 1, 2014 and ruled against me on December 18, 2014 ); and Municipal  Judge Cynthia Y. Cobbs., who was assigned to Appeal Court on January 8, 2015 and ruled against me on January 21, 2015. (Both Justices, Ellis (Madigan’s trusted lawyer) and Cobbs (Justice Freeman’s long-time clerk) likely never handled any foreclosure and securities cases in their career)