Niko Black, a terminal cancer patient who was controversially evicted from her Garden Grove home last month by Orange County Sheriff Deputies with weapons drawn, lived long enough to finally see her day in court. Unlike a previous hearing in late July, representatives from Wells Fargo appeared before Federal Bankruptcy Judge Theodore C. Albert in Santa Ana this morning. “It appears to the court that there may have been a violation of the stay,” Albert wrote last month summoning them to explain why they shouldn’t be held in contempt, sanctioned and made to pay damages for the eviction. Black had long contended that the federal court order in question from Judge Albert precluded the Orange County Sheriff’s Department from carrying it out. Despite that, leading into today’s ordeal, a tentative ruling written beforehand did not bode well for Black and her motion was ultimately denied.
Read more about the issue on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post: