U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from ‘birther’ attorney Orly Taitz

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 10, 2011 

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from “birther” attorney Orly Taitz, who sought to overturn a decision by Columbus federal judge Clay Land fining her $20,000.

Taitz faced sanctions in the case of Capt. Connie Rhodes, who in September 2009 questioned the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land imposed the sanctions in late 2009 after he warned Taitz and then gave her a time limit to explain why he shouldn’t fine her.

The high court on Monday did not comment in refusing to hear the appeal filed by the California lawyer and dentist. Taitz said on Monday that she would ask the Supreme Court to reconsider.

“If it is denied, I will go to an international court,” Taitz told the Ledger-Enquirer. “I will be filing a proper complaint with the Committee of the Judiciary with the U.S. House.”

An abstract of judgment against Taitz was filed Aug. 9, 2010. The notice is the first step the government took to collect the $20,000 plus interest in sanctions Land imposed, Columbus attorney Frank Martin has said.

Taitz said she won’t give the government the satisfaction of taking her property or potentially her law license and would pay the money. She asked for donations on her website and received $13,000 since Aug. 9.

Court records show that Taitz paid the sanctions in full.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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