Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another "Birther" Suit Tossed; Lawyer Threatened With Sanctions

The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia reports:

U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land tossed out on Wednesday a complaint by an Army captain fighting deployment to Iraq by questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama.

Land also put attorney Orly Taitz, who represents Capt. Connie Rhodes and is a leader in the national “birther” movement, on notice by stating that she could face sanctions if she ever again files in his court a similar “frivolous” lawsuit — a document that at one point the judge states that a middle school student could find irony in.

“(Rhodes) has presented no credible evidence and has made no reliable factual allegations to support her unsubstantiated, conclusory allegations and conjecture that President Obama is ineligible to serve as president of the United States,” Land states in his order. “Instead, she uses her complaint as a platform for spouting political rhetoric, such as her claims that the president is ‘an illegal usurper, an unlawful pretender, [and] an unqualified imposter.’”

...“Unlike in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ simply saying something is so does not make it so,” Land says.

See: Judge tosses out Army captain's complaint questioning president's birth; Orly Taitz on notice

TPM adds this tidbit from attorney Taitz:

Birther queen Orly Taitz tells TPM that the federal judge who threatened her with sanctions is a "puppet" of the Obama regime and should be tried for treason, but that, like Nelson Mandela, she will fight on to prove Obama is illegitimate.

- Garry J. Wise

UPDATE - September 21, 2009

Sanctions agsinst Ms. Taitz are looking increasingly likely, according to a report from Salon via C&L:

Taitz, of course, didn't seem to listen. Instead, she filed an angry motion asking Land to reconsider his decision and stay Rhodes' deployment. Apparently unaware of that old saying about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar (not true, incidentally, but that's an issue for another time), Taitz essentially accused the judge of committing treason. And, referring to the U.S. District Court on which Land serves, she wrote, "there is increasing evidence that the United States District Courts in the 11th Circuit are subject to political pressure, external control, and, mostly (sic) likely, subservience to the same illegitimate chain of command which Plaintiff has previously protested in this case, except that the de facto President is not even nominally the Commander-in-Chief of the Article III Judiciary."

For some reason, Land wasn't especially happy about this.

In an order issued Friday, Land denied Taitz's request and announced that he was considering making good on his threat of sanctions. He ordered the attorney-slash-dentist "to show cause why the Court should not impose a monetary penalty of $10,000.00 upon Plaintiff’s counsel for her misconduct," and gave her 14 days to do so.


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