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Judge dismisses birther’s ‘Sisyphean quest’ against Obama

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 19:00 EDT
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A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit seeking access to copies of Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate.

District of Columbia Chief District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said the complaint was part of a “Sisyphean quest” to prove Obama had used a fake Social Security number and a forged birth certificate to run for President of the United States.

The complaint was filed Orly Taitz against White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler. Kathy had refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to gain access to certified copies of Obama’s original long form birth certificate.

In response to the lawsuit, Kathy filed an instant motion to dismiss to lawsuit, claiming that FOIA did not apply to the White House Counsel’s office. Judge Lamberth agreed, noting the Supreme Court had long held that the President’s legal advisers were not subject to the law.

“Plaintiff’s entire argument for application of FOIA to this case is simply a restatement of her conclusory allegations that the President and his Administration are committing a fraud,” he wrote in his decision. “Such threadbare assertions are irrelevant to the status of the White House Counsel’s Office as an entity exempt from FOIA.”

Taitz has made a name for herself since the 2008 presidential election by claiming Obama is not a natural born citizen and thus ineligible for office. Though she has earned a small cult following for her legal efforts, judges have consistently dismissed her lawsuits against Obama’s right to be president as frivolous.

For her efforts, she has earned the title “birther queen.”

After Obama released his long-form birth certificate, Taitz accused the president of Social Security fraud. Her lawsuit against the Social Security Administration was dismissed in August after the judge ruled Taitz had failed to produce any evidence that the Social Security information was being used improperly.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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