Obama ‘birther’ Orly Taitz fined $20,000

October 15th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Columbus, Oct 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A federal judge in Georgia fined $20,000, a leader of the movement who was challenging the President Barack Obama’s citizenship with the premise that he wasn’t born in the US, and warned her against using the legal system to pursue “political rhetoric and insults.” Even though medical documents certify that the US President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land, was appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush, had already dismissed the lawsuit earlier, but Orly Taitz continued to file motions. He said he fined her $20,000 “as a deterrent to prevent future misconduct and to protect the integrity of the court.”

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land’s scathing 43-page order yesterday said California lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz filed “frivolous” litigation and attempted to misuse the federal courts to push her own political agenda.

Orly Taitz is a leader of the so-called birther movement, and she sued in Georgia federal court on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes. Rhodes had sought to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and that he was “an illegal usurper, unlawful pretender and unqualified impostor.”

Taitz told The Daily Report that Land’s order is “an absolute outrage.”

“All I can say is that this order is issued with a goal to intimidate me, harass me and retaliate against me for bringing a legitimate action on behalf of my client,” she said.

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