29 Apr 2014

Judge rules it was OK for widow to lose home over $6.30 in unpaid interest

A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

The decision last week turned down Eileen Battisti's request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.

"I paid everything, and didn't know about the $6.30," Battisti said. "For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy."

Battisti, who still lives in the house, said Monday that she plans to appeal to Commonwealth Court. That court earlier ordered an evidentiary hearing, which led to last week's ruling.

Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis wrote that the county tax claim bureau complied with notification requirements in state law before the auction. She had previously owed other taxes, but at the time of the sale she owed just $235, including other interest and fees.
"There is no doubt that (she) had actual receipt of the notification of the tax upset sale on July 7, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2011," the judge wrote. "Moreover, on Aug. 12, 2011, a notice of sale was sent by first class mail and was not returned."

The property sold for about $116,000, and most of that money will be paid to Battisti if further appeals are unsuccessful. An attorney for the purchaser did not return a phone message on Monday.
Joe Askar, Beaver County's chief solicitor, said the judge got the decision right, based on the law.
"The county never wants to see anybody lose their home, but at the same time the tax sale law, the tax real estate law, doesn't give a whole lot of room for error, either," Askar said.

Battisti said her husband handled the paperwork for the property's taxes before he passed away in 2004.
"It's bad - she had some hard times, I guess her husband kind of took care of a lot of that stuff," Askar said. "It seemed that she was having a hard time coping with the loss of her husband - that just made it set in a little more."



  1. freewheelinfranklin54329 April 2014 at 08:09

    What an unjust POS! The law is an asshole!

  2. There is no proportionality in the US anymore, not to mention common sense.

  3. Drdetroitdanchap29 April 2014 at 08:31

    More PROOF "Judicial Ethics" is an OXYMORON.

    And this "judge" is a MORONMORON.

  4. Is that punk a judge or a rogue?
    Judges are known to be drunk, but this one must have been on drugs at least for the past fifty years.

  5. Does PA have the most corrupt judges in America? Between house theft over $6 and the a$$holes who sentenced kids to for-profit prisons for kickbacks, that state has a lot to explain.

  6. I'd burn the house down and sow the ground with salt.

    Enjoy your $160,000 pile of ash and land that won't even grow weeds.

  7. Only in america my lady, wonder if when they go to liberate all these people if they show them this, show them how people in america are abused and killed by police? how people in america pay taxes that go to others that don't work, and then they have a problem and end up homeless. the list is endless but remember this list is small, only in America. Me thinks on judgement day the bankers, the judge, and all others involved with this will wish they had done differently.

  8. ...in my fictional account....the story I'd make up in my head and put down in a fictional book...I'd burn that house and every other house on the block to the ground...and when they rolled the cops...I'd hose them down with gasoline and torch them as well....then I'd go gun down the mayor, the city council...and as many judges as I could find....and then I'd title my fictional book...my made-up fictional account....
    "Torched by The Courts - Subverting Tyranny on a Local Basis"...
    ...even if the "widow" dies in her attempts to obtain justice... in my fictional account...we could call the death ratio...."The O'Guillory Effect".....Ha! It is great to be a writer sometimes...
    RJ O'Guillory
    Webster Groves - The Life of an Insane Family

  9. Wow, very sad.

  10. I live on a farm bud, no close neighbors.

    Nice try though.

  11. In the US, Justice and Law are distant strangers.

  12. All part of the fear game they are selling. Even judges are stupid these days.