‘Birther’ attorney Orly Taitz continues fight against $20K in sanctions

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 4, 2010 

So-called ‘birther’ attorney Orly Taitz has resubmitted her application for stay, asking that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito examine her request to reverse an order by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land requiring her to pay $20,000 in sanctions.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s website shows that Taitz’s application was refiled and submitted to Alito today. It previously had been submitted to Justice Clarence Thomas on July 8. It was denied by Thomas on July 15, the website states.

Taitz has questioned if Thomas truly denied the application and asked for verification.

The sanctions against Taitz stem from a September 2009 complaint filed by Capt. Connie Rhodes, who questioned President Barack Obama’s citizenship and eligibility to hold political office. Land ultimately tossed out the suit, though Taitz kept pressing the issue in his court. He ultimately gave her a warning and then a time limit to explain why he shouldn’t levy a hefty fine against her. In October 2009, when Taitz did reply, though not to the judge’s specific command of why he shouldn’t sanction her, Land then issued $20,000 in sanctions against her.

Taitz appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, and the appeals court upheld Land’s sanctions in May.

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