March 16, 2010 1:52 PM

Appeals court upholds sanctions against 'birther' attorney Taitz

California attorney and "birther" proponent Orly Taitz must pay $20,000 in sanctions, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Taitz had filed two suits claiming that Barack Obama's presidency was illegitimate because he hadn't been born in the United States. U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land dismissed both and warned Taitz that she'd be fined if she ever again filed a "frivolous" suit in his court. Taitz then filed a motion asking Land to recuse himself.

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