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Obama Birther Lawyer Orly Taitz Is Stupid or Playing Games, Judge Says

A judge comes down hard on the Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer for continued mistakes in defiance of the court's direction.

In a case in which Orly Taitz is trying to prove that President Barack Obama has used other people's Social Security numbers, Taitz may prove to be the biggest threat of all.

A judge in U.S. District Court said that Taitz is either playing games or stupid. Either way, it figures that the Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer and Mission Viejo dentist is walking a fine line after failing to follow the federal rules of civil procedure that mandate all digits but the last four of Social Security numbers be redacted in court documents.

"Plaintiff is either toying with the court or displaying her own stupidity," wrote Judge Royce C. Lamberth on Monday in a case in which Taitz is attempting to acquire information from the Social Secrurity Administration that is confidential.

Lamberth also said that Taitz made "the somewhat hysterical claim" that "there may be 'an employee of the court, who is intentionally sabotaging' her." Lamberth also accused Taitz of engaging the courtroom's deputy clerk "in a lengthy, accusatory conversation."

It's the fallout of a series of court filings in which Taitz failed to follow the rules either by her own hand or her misunderstanding.

However, earlier in the case of Taitz v. Michael Astrue, commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Taitz got it right.

It all began June 2 when Taitz was told to refile her complaint with Social Security numbers redacted so that only the last four digits were visible. On June 14, Taitz filed her complaint with the numbers correctly redacted.

A month later, on July 15, Taitz filed her opposition to the defendant's summary judgment motion but failed to delete all but the last four digits of the Social Security numbers included.

On July 21, Taitz told the clerk that she realized her error and had sent over a redacted version of the filing, but included in the attached explanation that the new copy "redacted the last four digits of the SSN in question ...."

After accusing a court employee of trying to sabotage her, Taitz on July 22 sent to the court via e-mail another version of the filing, again with the last four digits redacted instead of the other way around.

On July 25, the day that Lamberth chastised Taitz, the court received another version of the filing with improper redactions.

"Morevoer," Lamberth wrote, "wasting the court's time with this nonsense is not the way for plaintiff to have any hope of prevailing in this case."

It's not the first time that Taitz—one of the major players in the birther movement against Obama—has been called out by a judge.

In 2009 while she was trying to prove that Obama was not a U.S. citizen and therefore not eligible to be president, she was fined $20,000 by the court. Wrote Judge Clay D. Land of one of Taitz's responses to the court: "(It) is breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional. She expresses no contrition or regret regarding her conduct."

Panglonymous July 30, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Pardon me, folks, interesting exchange developing. Dan, in lieu of blue books and writing, have you ever required an extended on-your-feet-give-and-take oral exam or quiz in your classes? Or could you only do that once - as students got the word and dropped or avoided your classes like the plague? Carry on...
Dan Avery July 30, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Panglonymous I never tried the give and take oral exam for a few reasons. Most notably my students wouldn't have been capable because their secondary training did not prepare them for that. Also, most people would rather die than speak in public. I was tested along those lines as an undergraduate in classes that were one to one: I spent the entire semester with a professor in his or her office for the class. Very valuable experience. You mentioned the other reason in your question. It would be a swift death as a professor to trot out those exams at the UC or a community college. I taught in both systems. The type of blue book exams I spoke of were the majority of my testing experience once I left a state university for a private liberal arts college. Usually they were one question exams. However, in Romantic Period poetry we had to pick 11 passages out of 22, then identify the poet, the poem, where the passage occurred in the poem, discuss why its placement was important given the nature of a Romantic narrative poem, and then interpret the passage. We had fifty minutes. There is something that happens during those time writing situations that you can't get to in any other way, except perhaps the oral exam.
Cat V July 31, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Dan, two things: 1) I brought up affirmative action programs because I was thinking about that in relation to WBE and MBE certifications in business. It is common sense that intelligence levels would certainly be taken into account in the educational realm. 2) When I tell my children that there are programs available to them because of their skin color (and my children know this because they are being raised around our businesses) they wonder why....can you figure out my point Dan, without assuming I'm some pompous b***? What are they really hearing? It is you that comes up with the idea that people would actually tell their kids not to try~ the thought never occurred to me.
Osamas Pajamas May 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Dan, I actually emailed several political operations of the Koch brothers and asked them "Where's my money?!" and I got --- no reply. Nor am I a fatcat who needs no money --- all I own these days is a really old VW, a rather junky acustic guitar, and just barely enough bucks to keep my bank account open. Rove is annoyed by my views [let's not spook the so-called "moderates" who can't find their bums with both hands and a flashlight] and Fox News doesn't need another bomb thrower --- they have a bunch of them far more talented than myself. On the other hand, no one has to pay me to despise Democrats --- that comes naturally to any thinking man.
carol dijkhuyzen June 05, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Taitz is beyond crazy!

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