Grayson, Noting MJ Report, Wants Foreclosure Halt

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When we published our investigation in August into the controversial law firms that often use dubious—and sometimes allegedly illegal—practices to foreclose on homeowners, at least one member of Congress was reading.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fl.), the brash congressman from central Florida, has asked Florida’s Supreme Court to halt all foreclosures by three of the state’s most powerful law firms. The firms, also known as “foreclosure mills,” are under investigation by state attorney general Bill McCollum. In his letter to the court, sent Monday, Grayson highlighted Mother Jones’ reporting on the firms under investigation: the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, Shapiro and Fishman, and the Law Offices of David J. Stern.

The Stern law firm was the focus of a Mother Jones investigation published online in early August. Not long after that story came out, the attorney general’s office announced its probe of the three firms Grayson mentioned. Since then, the scrutiny of these firms’ practices has only increased—and hasn’t gone unnoticed in Congress. In his letter, Grayson wrote, “This is lawlessness. I respectfully request that you abate all foreclosures involving these firms until the Attorney General of the state of Florida has finished his investigations of those firms for document fraud.”

Here’s the letter from Grayson:

Foreclosure Mill State Supreme Court Request

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We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

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