'Birther' attorney Orly Taitz hopes $20,000 sanctions will be reversed

So-called “birther” attorney Orly Taitz has resubmitted an application to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that $20,000 in sanctions imposed by a federal judge in Columbus be reversed.

Taitz has represented two people in Columbus who questioned their military orders on arguments that President Barack Obama couldn’t legitimately hold office. It was the case of Capt. Connie Rhodes that led U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land to sanction Taitz after he warned her and then gave her a time limit to explain why he shouldn’t fine her.

The sanctions came in October 2009, and Taitz appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. That court upheld the sanctions in May, and Taitz sent an application for stay to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on July 8.

Thomas denied it a week later, and the application was again docketed to the high court on Wednesday, this time to Justice Samuel Alito.

Taitz said last week that if one justice declines an application, it can be sent to another. The process can be repeated until it’s been before all the justices, she added.

Columbus attorney Frank Martin disagrees. Different justices handle issues from the various circuits, he said.

“But I have never heard ever of being able to make nine consecutive requests,” Martin added. “That’s a new low in an attempt to get to the Supreme Court. Surely, there’s some limit or restraint the Supreme Court would put on her.”

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