07 June 2008

Lawlessness In Philadelphia

Sebastian writes that not only did the Philadelphia City Council pass illegal gun control laws that violate Pennsylvania state regulation, now the sheriff in Philadelphia is refusing to do his job.

Specifically, he refused to hold a court-ordered foreclosure auction.

Gee, I wonder how long I could get away with ignoring a court order? Think a sheriff might come after me? So who does the sheriff think he is? The following might answer that question:

"Mr. Green, a police sergeant when he was elected sheriff in 1987, has a politico's eye for his job. Last month, he presented a commendation for valor to an officer who was robbed at gunpoint while sitting in a barber's chair and wounded one thief in the ensuing firefight. Standing next to the taller officer for the photo opportunity, Mr. Green hiked himself onto his toes. "Just one second," he said. "I'm going to become a politician." Everyone laughed. But he stayed on his tiptoes until the photographers finished their shots."

Yep, that says it all. While he's preening for the cameras he is not doing his job. As a real estate practitioner, I have to agree with Sebastian's take on this. Lenders aren't going to like Philadelphia, already a bastion of lawlessness, if the county sheriff won't even follow the law.

Why take the risk if even law enforcement can't be trusted?

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