The de facto leader of the “Birther” movement has launched an all-out attack against a federal judge in Georgia, accusing him of colluding with the US attorney general, comparing him to racist Southern judges of prior eras, and alleging “pervasive bias” in his rulings against her.
And in one passage from her filing, Lawyer Orly Taitz says the term “birther” is a “pejorative appellation … often coupled with more colorful epithets such as ‘batshit crazy,'” and denies that her client in the lawsuit is part of any political movement.
Taitz had filed a lawsuit last month with the US District Court in Columbus, Georgia, on behalf of a US Army captain who challenged her deployment orders to Iraq on the grounds that she can’t be sent there on President Obama’s orders because he was not born in the United States and is therefore not entitled to be president.
Last month, Judge Clay Land tossed out Taitz’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, dismissing it and its claim that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States as “frivolous.” The judge also gave Taitz several weeks to explain why he shouldn’t fine her $10,000 for contempt of court.
Shortly after the courtroom defeat, Capt. Rhodes sent a letter to Judge Land saying she no longer wanted to be represented by Taitz in the matter.
In a motion filed with the court on Friday, Taitz asked Judge Land to recuse himself from the case because of “personal contacts and financial stakes he may have with President Barack Obama’s administration,” reports the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
And in what is yet another bizarre twist to the case, Taitz filed an affidavit from a witness who claimed to have seen US Attorney General Eric Holder enter a coffee shop in Columbus on a day when the Birther case was to be heard in court.
“I looked up and immediately recognized an individual entering and approaching the serving counter, due to his well know[n] TV displayed distinguishing features: his trim upper lip mustache, not large of stature and general olive complexion,” one Robert D. Douglas stated in the affidavit.
Tellingly, the affidavit does not definitively state the person Douglas saw was Holder.
But that was enough for Taitz to conclude, in her court filing, that this amounted to “circumstantial evidence suggesting that, in fact Judge Land was influenced by prior association or direct ex-parte communications with Attorney General Eric Holder, acting as agent on behalf of de facto President Obama.”
As the Ledger-Enquirer pointed out, Judge Land is an appointee of former President George W. Bush.
Taitz’s demand for the judge’s recusal — in which she accuses the judge of “pervasive bias” against her — will likely not improve her chances of a court victory in Georgia.
Taitz rose to prominence this past summer when she released a purported “Kenyan birth certificate” for the president, and gained some notoriety for a caustic appearance on MSNBC, in which she accused the US media of being “Nazi brownshirts” working for Obama.
In her affidavit, filed Friday, Taitz implied that Judge Land’s dismissal of her lawsuit equates him with racist judges of earlier eras in the history of the American South.
“What, for example, was ever more political in 20th century Georgia than the question of school desegregation?” Taitz wrote. “Surely this distinguished southern judge would have jailed Thurgood Marshall in the 1940s and ’50s for contempt when the future Supreme Court justice repeatedly filed cases demanding on constitutional as well as social and psychological grounds the desegregation of primary and secondary public schools.”
Taitz went on to suggest that Judge Land was prejudiced in his ruling because of his ownership of stock in Comcast and Microsoft, both of which “are aligned both politically and economically” with President Obama.
Taitz did not appear to have provided evidence for that assertion.