Court Slams Orly Taitz Again for Birther Claims
WASHINGTON (CN) - A federal judge said he is fed up with the "Sisyphean quest to prove that President Barack Obama is using a fake Social Security number and a forged birth certificate," dismissing the latest lawsuit by Orly Taitz, the so-called Queen of the Birthers.
Taitz filed complaints against White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue after both offices denied her Freedom of Information Act requests for the Obama's birth certificate and Social Security number.
Chief U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth dismissed the complaint Monday, saying that FOIA does not apply to the White House counsel and that her "bare suspicion" that the president is engaging in fraud does not warrant an invasion of his privacy. He rejected a motion to reconsider an Aug. 30 decision against Taitz the same day.
Lamberth has a history of scolding Taitz, who has her own history of intentionally defying court instructions.
"Plaintiff is either toying with the court or displaying her own stupidity," Lamberth wrote earlier this year after Taitz ignored court instructions to properly redact certain digits from Obama's allegedly doctored Social Security number in court filings. Instead, Taitz wrote the number multiple times every which way except for the instructed one.
The Soviet Moldova-born Taitz is the face of the birther movement, though her views are extreme enough to have gotten her banned from Tea Party events.
In addition to being a lawyer, Taitz is a dentist and tae kwon do black belt.
As birther claims reached a defeaning pitch this spring, Obama produced his original, long-form birth certificate, which shows he was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961.