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Plaintiff's "birther" lawyer sanctioned $20K for frivolous suit on behalf of soldier

California Lawyer (and dentist!) Orly Taitz has been sanctioned $20,000 for misconduct in filing frivolous litigation claiming that president Obama is not a native-born citizen of the United States.

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land of the middle district of Georgia levied the sanction for misconduct in a Columbus, Ga., case wherein Taitz claims her client, a soldier, is not obliged to obey the Commander in Chief's order to deploy because the latter is alleged to be "an illegal usurper, unlawful pretender and unqualified imposter."

Land, appointed by president Bush in 2001, noted that he had never imposed monetary sanctions on an attorney without a motion from an adverse party, but that the legal vacuousness of Taitz's diatribes, and his repeated admonitions, justified the penalty. "[C]ounsel's wild accusations may be protected by the First Amendment when she makes them on her blog or in her press conferences, but the federal courts are reserved for hearing genuine legal disputes, not as a platform for political rhetoric and insults."

The Fulton County Daily Report story can be found here.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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