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Finally fed up with Orly Taitz's repeated frivolous and conspiracy-ridden filings in a Birther lawsuit, the judge in the case has fined the crusading attorney $20,000.
Opening with a quote from Justice Cardozo on the privilege of bar membership, Judge Clay Land of the U.S. District Court in the Middle District Of Georgia goes on for some length -- the order is 43 pages -- explaining his reasoning:
When a lawyer files complaints and motions without a reasonable basis for believing that they are supported by existing law or a modification or extension of existing law, that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law. When a lawyer uses the courts as a platform for a political agenda disconnected from any legitimate legal cause of action, that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law. When a lawyer personally attacks opposing parties and disrespects the integrity of the judiciary, that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law. When a lawyer recklessly accuses a judge of violating the Judicial Code of Conduct with no supporting evidence beyond her dissatisfaction with the judge's rulings, that lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law. When a lawyer abuses her privilege to practice law, that lawyer ceases to advance her cause or the ends of justice.
Regrettably, the conduct of counsel Orly Taitz has crossed these lines, and Ms. Taitz must be sanctioned for her misconduct. After a full review of the sanctionable conduct, counsel's conduct leading up to that conduct, and counsel's response to the Court's show cause order, the Court finds that a monetary penalty of $20,000.00 shall be imposed upon counsel Orly Taitz as punishment for her misconduct, as a deterrent to prevent future misconduct, and to protect the integrity of the Court. Payment shall be made to the United States, through the Middle District of Georgia Clerk's Office, within thirty days of today's Order. If counsel fails to pay the sanction due, the U.S. Attorney will be authorized to commence collection proceedings.
Reached on her cell phone by TPMmuckraker and informed of the $20,000 fine imposed on her by a federal judge this morning, Birther attorney Orly Taitz responded, first, with laughter.
"So he didn't recuse himself?" Taitz asked, after letting out an extended, nervous-sounding chuckle.
Still defiant after months of legal wrangling and, by our count, three written denunciations by federal district court Judge Clay Land, Taitz said she had absolutely no plans to pay the $20,000 fine.
"Are you kidding? Of course not," she said, asked whether she planned to send a check. "This is a form of intimidation."
Originally posted by Avenginggecko
I'll bet the farm that within 48 hours she'll shift into donation mode to try and raise money to pay off the fine and continue with more law suits. It'll probably take one or two more fines such as this or disbarment to keep her from trying to get these cases in front of a jury.
Originally posted by JBA2848
I think it is about time that the court has decided to stop her from just turning the court system into her fantasy play ground with her baseless claims and repeated use of false documents as evidence. I wish they would do a investigation of the woman for the false documents she has used in the past. I wouldn't say that if she would of stopped at the first one but she has used more since.
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Originally posted by Uniceft17
reply to post by j2000
Obamatron? How mature?
How many other real court cases are we going to have before this dies? A few months back this was the real deal that had ATS in a buzz and it turns out to be the same BS.
We will see though.
Originally posted by titorite
I don't get it. As a lawyer she is an officer of the court.
She has a doubt about the legitimacy of the presidents birth certificate.
Let HER see the long form.
Cops get away with shooting home owners and pay millions to cons they shoot in the act of committing crimes, Old ladies make millions for spilling their coffee and OJ Simpson goes to jail for theft not murder .
Show us the birth certificate and this conspiracy goes away.
call Taitz nutty
Originally posted by j2000
reply to post by Southern Guardian
May I ask when did the Kenyan BC go to court to prove it fake or not.
She never said it was real anyways. She wanted the court to verify it.