Justice is blind in fraud case
Re “Judge stuns court by rejecting prison for loan scammers” (Page 1A, Nov. 11): How can the average citizen have any trust or confidence in the judicial system when judges like John A. Mendez allow white-collar crime to go unpunished? Why does the judge have compassion for criminals and none for their victims?
The bank sold my house before my first payment was due after giving me a loan adjustment. I sued in federal court to no avail. I am a teacher of modest means. After my divorce, I worked three jobs seven days a week to keep the house. I thought I could hold on until retirement but was forced into bankruptcy.
Justice is blind to the plight of the working class.
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Eugenio Juarez Sanchez, Sacramento
A wise judge shows some mercy
Judge John A. Mendez has provided a sentence tempered by wisdom and mercy for those of the Markevich family convicted of mortgage fraud.
It is refreshing to see a judge not throw the book at folks at the bottom of the fraud food chain; better to save more onerous punishment for the architects of such fraud. A perceptive sentence such as this, proportional to the participation in the crime, is the very essence of justice.
Stephen R. Hoover, Sacramento
Judge should step down from bench
Outrage – that is the only word that seems to fit about a judge, who should protect us from criminals, giving zero jail time to several Russian immigrants who embezzled money during the housing crisis, damaging not just the banks but their investors and customers.
The message from the judge is loud and clear – immigrants will be held to a lower standard. He should resign.
Lennie Chancey, Roseville
Spotlight should be on Rhee’s PAC
Re “Education activist Rhee has stepped out of the spotlight” (Page 1A, Nov. 8): In the 2014 election cycle, Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst PAC supported 105 legislators in 17 states, 90 of them Republicans.
Among them was a member of the Tennessee House named John Ragan whom the PAC named legislator of the year. Ragan sponsored legislation to bar teachers from discussing any facet of “non-heterosexual” sexuality with children in grades K-8. The StudentsFirst PAC also supported a Georgia legislator, Chip Rogers, who has sponsored a number of anti-immigrant bills.
Why is Rhee sponsoring such anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-education bigoted politicians? Perhaps the spotlight should shine brighter on her program to destroy public education.
Jerry Sloan, Sacramento
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