A federal judge in Georgia has ordered the US Attorney to collect a $20,000 judgment against Orly Taitz after the Birther attorney failed to pay the fine — which she appealed — within 30 days.
Here’s the full order from Judge Clay Land, of the US District Court in the Middle District Of Georgia:
“Orly Taitz has failed to pay the $20,000.00 sanction ordered by the Court on October 13, 2009. Accordingly, the Clerk is ordered to enter final judgment in favor of the United States of America and against Orly Taitz in the principal amount of $20,000.00. The United States Attorney is authorized and directed to collect the judgment as provided by law.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 13th day of November, 2009. “
Land imposed the fine a month ago, citing repeated frivolous filings by Taitz in the suit, which was originally about a claim by Taitz’s Army captain client that she should not have to follow deployment orders because Barack Obama is not legitimately president. In an interview with TPMmuckraker that same day, a defiant Taitz declared she would not pay the fine.
Taitz then appealed the fine, but it’s not clear whether the appeal has been dismissed. Also not clear is how the US Attorney will collect the fine — but we’re trying to find out, and will let you know when we do.
Late Update: Pam Lightsey, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Macon, Georgia, sends along this statement:
We cannot comment on an ongoing case other than to say that we will follow the statutory provisions that dictate how debts owed to the government are collected.