509 O Street NW- Court is really dull

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I popped into Federal court for about 1.5 hours of my credit leave to see what this federal case 09-cv-2202:  BAKEIR v. CAPITAL CITY MORTGAGE CORPORATION et al was all about. Because Ms. Bakier (owner of 509 O Street NW) was representing herself there were some delays. She had some notes that needed to be copied, and that caused for a break and I left after another break.

From what I could gather, her case is that Capital City Mortgage promised her a construction loan, failed to follow through, and charged her interest on the full amount of money she wanted to borrow but did not receive. If I had bother to stay I'm sure we would have gotten to the part where she was trying to prove the reason why Capital City Mortgage did not fund her was because (she claims) they didn't have the money to lend her.

Now this is just my impression, her voice kept on the verge of cracking. Oh, she's also claiming emotional distress. As I said, this is my impression, and she might be more easily distressed than some. As I said, just my impression. Not a statement of fact, just a feeeeeling.

Anyway, court on TV is interesting. Court in person, when the guards at the door have taken away your cell phone and you didn't bring a book... kinda dull. And slow. So after 3:30 I was out of there.

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No Twitter/email/texts/games (with iphone confiscated) or book (not to mention that newspapers are not allowed) -- it brought to mind water boarding. But it's a gorgeous court building. Cushions on the benches would have been nice; stadium theatre seating with concessions service would have been better (and provide a nice revenue source for the courts). Since such trials are "public," why not just live stream them on the web? I'm convinced that since the courts have such a hard time convicting people and also want to deter anyone but the zealous and righteous from using the court to resolve differences, that they make courtrooms as maddeningly dull as possible.

Sitting right next to ya, I had a feelin too: *IF* Bakeir had a case, it would be pretty open and shut if she had a copy of the company's bank statement which she claimed didn't have enough funds to fulfill their obligation to her. But she took such a circuitous route to get to that point (*emotional distress*..., c'mon...puleeez...), it looked like girlfriend was grabbing at straws. She brought reams of paper in 3-5 big bound binders, for what really should have been summed up with two pieces of paper: 1) a signed loan agreement 2) CCMC's bank statement showing less that the needed amount on the date she requested it.

I was surprised she didn't haul in someone from DCRA, an architect or a contractor to confirm -- as she claimed and as CCMC the defendant disputed -- that she had construction plans and permits approved and ready to go (not to mention producing the physical plans themselves). Instead she brought her two children to testify as witnesses. Given my previous encounter last month and brief exchange with them outside the courtroom Monday, they don't seem to be experts or witnesses with a great allegiance to facts or of much value aside from being loyal supporters of their mom (as admirable as that might be).

If I thought the defendant was going to be able to present his case soon, I wouldn't have cut out early, but — with all the sustained objections to plaintiffs accusations -- it was becoming redundant.

From the online docket list this morning, it's hard to tell whether they resolved/disposed of the case yesterday. The defendant suggested that he clearly had the expectation that the trial might continue past Thursday. But there is nothing on the docket for this case for the rest of the week.

It would be great if Bakeir actually won the case, fixed up the property and moved in as she stated she wanted to do. If the lender gets the property, it's not going to get fixed up (by the city or anyone else) until they flip it to some one in a better position -- unlike Bakeir who apparently recently went through bankruptcy and stated that she didn't have the money to otherwise fix up the property. She did say she'd need to seek another loan if CCMC's wasn't sufficient.

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