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Judge Arthur Schack
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A stickler for accuracy and the finer points of law, His Honor has tossed out nearly half of the foreclosure motions that have come before his court in the last two years, flustering the sloppy, Mr. Potter-style bankers trying to take New Yorkers' homes. And, in the process, he's provided a model that might be emulated on a national scale. "I'm a strange guy," he told the Times
last month. "I don't want to put a family on the street unless it's legitimate." Take that, all you Mr. Burnses.