Monday, August 16, 2010
Every so often, the U.S. Supreme Court gets it right. This is one of those times.
The High Court ruled to uphold a $20,000 fine against Orly Taitz, the self-anointed leader of the so-called Birther movement challenging President Obama’s citizenship.
The court decision on Monday refused to block a Federal judge’s October 2009 ruling that required the California lawyer and dentist, Orly Taitz, to pay a $20,000 fine for filing “frivolous litigation.” The judge said Taitz misused the Federal courts to push a political agenda.
Taitz sued in Georgia Federal court on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes. Rhodes tried to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, thereby making his presidency illegitimate.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday rejected Taitz’s second request to block the sanctions. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had previously rejected a similar request from Taitz. Justices Alito and Thomas are Republicans.
From almost the moment Barack Obama became president, Orly Taitz started to pepper the Hawaii State Health Department with excessive requests for copies of the president’s birth certificate. Her requests became so numerous and costly that the state legislature was forced to take the extraordinary step of passing a measure allowing the Office of Information Practices to declare such an individual a “vexatious requester” and restrict rights to government records for a period of two years.