A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed one of Orly Taitz’s birther lawsuits, saying it would be unconstitutional for the courts to “effectively overthrow a sitting president.”
In his ruling, Judge David O. Carter said the plaintiffs, represented by Taitz, had asked the courts to go outside their constitutional power by demanding President Obama produce further documentation proving he was born in the United States, and if he couldn’t, shutting down the federal government and holding an election.
“Plaintiffs have attacked the judiciary, including every prior court that has dismissed their claim, as unpatriotic and even treasonous for refusing to grant their requests and for adhering to the terms of the Constitution which set forth its jurisdiction,” Carter wrote. “Respecting the constitutional role and jurisdiction of this Court is not unpatriotic.”
In another of Taitz’s birther cases, a judge fined her $20,000 for “abus[ing] her privilege to practice law” by bringing suits “without a reasonable basis for believing that they are supported by existing law.” Taitz has said she won’t pay.
You can read the entire ruling here.
(H/T Dave Weigel)