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Federal Judge Imposes $ 20,000 Sanction On Orly Taitz For Birther Lawsuit

by @ 10:52 am on October 13, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Obama Derangement Syndrome, Politics

Judge Land has hammered Orly Taitz:

The “Birther queen” has been slapped with a five-figure fine for “wasting the judicial resources” of the Middle District of Georgia, where she’d filed one of her numerous lawsuits demanding that President Obama prove his citizenship before deploying soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Money quotes from the Order, which is set forth in full below the fold:

The Court finds that counsel’s conduct was willful and not merely negligent. It demonstrates bad faith on her part. As an attorney, she is deemed to have known better. She owed a duty to follow the rules and to respect the Court. Counsel’s pattern of conduct conclusively establishes that she did not mistakenly violate a provision of law. She knowingly violated Rule 11. Her response to the Court’s show cause order is breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional. She expresses no contrition or regret regarding her misconduct. To the contrary, she continues her baseless attacks on the Court.

(…)

Counsel’s frivolous and sanctionable conduct wasted the Defendants’ time and valuable judicial resources that could have been devoted to legitimate cases pending with the Court. When she filed the Rhodes case, counsel indicated that it was urgent that the matter be heard because her client was facing imminent deployment.  The Court rearranged its schedule, took time to read the legal papers, and conducted preliminary research in preparation for the hearing.  The Army had to activate its legal team on short notice, sending a Major from the Army Litigation Division in Washington, D.C. and a Captain from the CONUS Replacement Center at Ft. Benning.  In addition, the Assistant U.S. Attorney had to accompany them.  Like the Court, the government attorneys had to prepare in an expedited manner for the hearing.  During the week preceding Captain Rhodes’s deployment, the Court was in the midst of a jury trial.  Therefore, the Court had to alter the trial schedule to conduct the hearing during an extended lunch break, thus affecting other counsel and jurors.  The Clerk’s Office was burdened by Ms. Taitz’s inability to follow the Court’s rules regarding pro hac vice admission and the Court’s rules for electronic filing. On five separate occasions in a short period, the Clerk’s Office personnel error-noticed counsel for her failure to follow simple rules.  At the hearing, counsel failed to make coherent legal arguments but instead wasted the Court’s time with press conference sound bites and speeches.

Ouch. And bravo Judge Land for doing what’s been needed to be done for months now.

Gov.uscourts.gamd.77605.28.0

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9 Responses to “Federal Judge Imposes $ 20,000 Sanction On Orly Taitz For Birther Lawsuit”

  1. Chris M. says:

    I’ve heard of cases where a person becomes a “litigious person” and is disbarred or can’t bring suit against others for whatever reason. Does that actually happen and if so, at what point would Taitz get that designation?

  2. There have been cases where litigants have been barred from filing additional lawsuits in a specific court without first getting judicial permission to do so

  3. Paul says:

    $20K fine, Maybe when she becomes a real lawyer she will appreciate what just happened. I wonder was she was a mail order bride, just like her law degree?

  4. Chris M. says:

    @Doug: Thanks!

  5. [...] of Below the Beltway, I see that United States District Court Judge Clay D. Land of the Middle District of Georgia [...]

  6. James Young says:

    Well,that answers my concerns about pro hac vice admission.

  7. And it tells me to have your ducks in a row if you appear before Judge Land

  8. Paul says:

    Poor little Birthers, no court cases won, no one with a brain and common sense take you seriously, except maybe “Fake News”, where unfounded rumors and innuendo reign supreme, unlike a our US courts of law, where you need to present facts, not half baked lies (get ready for more defeats). After several times of flying into the lights, flies get burned, Taitz just got burned, thing is, like a fly she will continue, no end in sight. Poor Birthers they hate and can’t debate.

    A lawyer, dentist, realtor, black belt, I must say she is a Jack of all trade master of none.

  9. [...] In September, Taitz filed an identical lawsuit on behalf of another Plaintiff, Connie Rhodes, that was also dismissed and which resulted in a sanction of $ 20,000 being imposed against Taitz for filing a frivolous lawsuit. [...]

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