The Washington Independent’s David Weigel reports that the “Birther queen” has finally 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. The judgment calls Taitz’s case and tactics “delusional”.
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.
Although I am glad of this ruling because the monkey business had to be stopped, I am afraid this will also elevate her to the status of martyr in Crazy World.
TPM has a response from Mrs Wacko. She seems to want to put herself into real trouble. I wonder how long her husband will be ready to bankroll her hobby once it starts to cost real money.
Update II (10.14.2009)
Joy Behar hopped on the Orly Taitz train last night, interviewing the Birther attorney for her new show. Noting the judge described Taitz as delusional, Behar asked Taitz to respond:
Taitz: Absolutely no. It’s a delusional and corrupt judge.
Behar: But he was appointed by George Bush. Just FYI.
Taitz: Listen, people make mistakes, what can I say.
Watch (starts about :40 into the clip):