I Was Just Following Orders

Tom Waldron, former bankruptcy judge and initial Advisor to the NACTT Academy.

Both on the world stage and in local courtrooms, the words “I was just following orders” have a hollow ring and fail to provide an acceptable defense for unacceptable actions or, quite frequently, failures to act.

An example of this ineffective defense is found in Judge Bruce Markell’s decision, In re Martinez, 2008 WL 3155034 (Bankr. D. Nev).

A detailed factual recitation is not necessary for this article. The undisputed facts established that the chapter 13 debtors intended to keep house A and surrender house . . .

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