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Birther case against Oxy laughed out of court

obamaoxy.jpgThe student news site at Occidental College says a lawsuit by Obama conspiracy-theorist Orly Taitz provided some eye-rolling amusement in the courtroom before it was tossed out by the judge. The suit sought to force Occidental to release long-ago student Barack Obama's application and college records. Sounds like the college's general counsel, Carl Botterud, showed up in court almost for yucks, knowing that the chances of the suit not being dismissed were very, very thin. Before the hearing, he sent Taitz a note telling her of his position that the lawsuit was so frivolous that sanctions were warranted for wasting the college's time. From the Occidental Weekly:

Taitz responded forcefully and personally to Botterud in an email that was part of the court filing for the case.


“Your opposition will constitute Obstruction of Justice, Aiding and Abetting in the elections fraud in forgery and treason in allowing a foreign citizen to usurp the U.S. Presidency with an aid of forged IDs and usurp the civil rights of the U.S. citizens,” she wrote. “At any rate your opposition and your attempt of intimidation and your allegiance or lack of
allegiance to the United States of America is duly noted. Just make sure not to forget to bring with you Mr. Obama’s application, registration, and financial aid application.”

When Botterud arrived in the courtroom, he was approached by Taitz and asked if he had the President’s records with him, according to a court observer’s report. The report noted that Botterud was “obviously amused,” when he replied, “No.”

“It was a ridiculous question,” Botterud said in an interview with The Occidental Weekly.

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The judge agreed with Occidental that the subpoena and motion to compel were riddled with fundamental procedural errors and denied Taitz’s motion with prejudice. According to the court observer, Judge Marginis did comment on Taitz’s quality of evidence when she presented a folder of it to the judge.

“You should know that evidence is not stuff printed from the internet,” Marginis said, responding to Taitz’s continued argument after he made the decision to quash the subpoena and award $4,000 in sanctions to Occidental College.


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