Today was the day my (our) house was to be sold on the courthouse steps in Columbiana, Alabama. What happened?
Well, I had the day off and was on the scene for what appeared to be a well-orchestrated charade. Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Bubba Caudill conducted the sale, and Bill Swatek (my neighbor's slimy lawyer) made the only bid--of $2,700 something dollars. Probate records show there is no certificate of judgment, no judgment lien, no lien of any kind on our property. By law, no sheriff's sale can be done under such circumstances.
But the law means nothing in Shelby County anyway. Was the sale for real? Don't know right now. Under the law, it definitely isn't real. In George Bush's America, who knows what will happen? We might be evicted tonight, for all I know.
Based on my understanding of the law, they can't truly sell our house anyway--it is jointly owned by my wife, who was not a party to the lawsuit. They can only get a lien on a tiny portion of my share of the house. I will write more on this in a bit.
I called Bubba Caudill this morning and told him that, under the law, he could not move forward with the sale. Bubba didn't seem to care what the law says. In fact, he seemed rather proud to be ignorant of the law. He must fit in great at Columbiana.
I told Bubba that he probably had committed a federal crime--wire fraud. He didn't seem to care. Guess he's counting on John McCain winning in November. If McCain doesn't win, Bubba and a few others folks in Shelby County might wish they had handled this situation differently.
The most interesting thing is this: I showed up with a video camera and taped the whole thing. I asked Bill Swatek if I could interview him on camera and he suddenly decided he had a meeting inside the courthouse and scurried away like a cockroach.
I asked Bubba if I could interview him on camera, and he refused--fine public servant that he is. Guess he doesn't mind holding bogus sales of people's houses, but he doesn't want to answer questions about it.
I followed him around the corner of the courthouse, like Sam Donaldson going after Ronald Reagan.
If I can figure out how to put the video on a computer, Legal Schnauzer readers will see all the action, live and in color.
Film at 11!