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When I, as a young attorney, started representing individuals in filing personal bankruptcy petition under Chapter 7, the petitioner would have to sign the petition before a Notary Public.  Now simple signatures under penalty of perjury is all that is required.  

I was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1972, but to file a bankruptcy petition I had to be admitted to practice before the bankruptcy court where the petition would be filed.  I had to be sponsored by someone who was already a member of the United States district court for the Central District of California. 

Before I could represent the petitioner in bankruptcy, I had to swear that I was a resident within the Central District of California.  My sponsor did not tell me that the Central District of California was only the government’s land in the four counties that made up the Central District.  It would take me more than 30 years to figure that out.

So, back in the 1970s I would just tell my bankruptcy clients to sign their petitions that stated they were residents of the Central District of California.  My clients were insolvent.  They could not pay their debts as they came due.  They had no money. They had some Federal Reserve Notes, which were treated like money, so they waited to file until after they received any federal income tax refund or the trustee in bankruptcy would claim it.

Bankruptcy no matter what the chapter is for residents of government land.  A lying bankruptcy attorney saying that his automobile making client is incorporated within the United States and has been a resident within the United States for the requisite amount of time does not make it so.  There can be no enduring solutions to our economic problems until we start telling the truth.

The United States district courts, as I have written, are territorial courts limited to government land.  These courts are not part of an independent judicial department.  The so-called “federal courts” are part of the United States Congress.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says the bankruptcy of the auto makers is not possible while she rules the House of Representatives.  She can say this because the Congress controls the courts.  The truth about how Congress can control what goes on in the United States needs to be told, so the people can begin to decide important issues like who goes bankrupt and who or what gets bailed out.

Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera


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