In a strongly-worded memorandum and order today, Judge James Robertson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed Philip Berg’s “interpleader” lawsuit, Hollister v. Soetoro. The court said: “I do have jurisdiction” dismissing the suit for failure to state a claim (since the interpleader claim had already been ruled “frivolous”).
Judge Robertson, who acknowledged that the issues raised by Berg were important on the bolgosphere and among conspiracy theorists went on to say:
The issue of the President’s citizenship was raised, vetted, blogged, texted, twittered, and otherwise massaged by America’s vigilant citizenry during Mr. Obama’s two-year-campaign for the presidency, but this plaintiff wants it resolved by a court.
But it gets worse for the plaintiffs:
Because it appears that the complaint in this case may have been presented for an improper purpose such as to harass; and that the interpleader claims and other legal contentions of plaintiff are not warranted by existing law or by non-frivolous arguments for extending, modifying or reversing existing law or for establishing new law, the accompanying order of dismissal requires Mr. Hemenway to show cause why he has not violated Rules 11(b)(1) and 11(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and why he should not be required to pay reasonable attorneys fees and other expenses to counsel for the defendants.
As we all know, defending these lawsuits has cost upwards of millions of dollars, and the consequences to the aging Mr. Hemenway (the DC attorney who signed the case, since Berg and Joyce are not admitted to the DC Bar) may be catastrophic.
Excerpts from the memorandum were posted by commenters earlier to day at Berg’s web site, ObamaCrimes.info. I wonder if they are still there.
That’s OK. Berg’s NEXT case is the good one. It’s sealed.