California attorney and birther proponent Orly Taitz must pay $20,000 in sanctions, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.
In the two-page decision, the appeals court states that after considering Taitz arguments, we find them unpersuasive and therefore affirm the district courts sanctions judgment.
Taitz appeal stems from a suit filed on behalf of Capt. Connie Rhodes, who argued in September that Barack Obamas presidency wasnt legitimate and that she shouldnt be deployed. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land dismissed that suit Sept. 16, telling Taitz that she could face sanctions if she ever again filed a frivolous suit in his court. Taitz then filed a motion for emergency stay, and Land gave her two weeks to explain why he shouldnt sanction her $10,000.
On the deadline, Taitz, who no longer represented the captain, responded with a motion to recuse Land from the case and a request to extend her deadline. Land denied the motions and sanctioned her $20,000. He later ordered the U.S. Attorneys Office to collect.
Taitz appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has said that she has no intention of paying.