U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land directed the U.S. attorney to collect $20,000 in sanctions from “birther” attorney Orly Taitz the day after her deadline passed to pay the money.
Land’s Friday order and judgment stem from a Sept. 17 motion Taitz filed on behalf of former client Capt. Connie Rhodes, who sought to stop her deployment to Iraq on arguments that President Barack Obama couldn’t legitimately hold office. Land told Taitz the previous day that she could face sanctions if she ever again filed another “frivolous” suit in his court. When Taitz filed the motion for emergency stay, Land gave Taitz two weeks to explain why he shouldn’t 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. In his 43-page order, Land lays out a timeline of Taitz’s actions in his court, discusses why her numerous court filings were frivolous and addresses point-by-point her arguments for why he should be recused from the case. He also increased the original sanction by another $10,000 and gave her until Thursday to pay.
“The United States attorney is authorized and directed to collect the judgment as provided by law,” Land’s Friday order states.
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In an order issued the same day, Land states that interest will accrue on the amount at a rate of .36 percent, until it’s completely paid.
“I filed an appeal on the judge’s order,” Taitz said Sunday. “I believe that it will be overturned. I did not violate any rules. The only violation I see is an abuse of power by the judge.”