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Lakin dumps birther lawyer

Attorney Jensen talks while Lakin sits

Paul Jensen, who was LtC Terry Lakin’s civilian attorney, has been discharged from the case by Lakin according to Phil Cave at the Military Law and Justice blog. The appeal Jensen had filed with the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals, asking to be able to present evidence about President Obama’s eligibility, was denied without comment by a three-judge panel.

Lakin’s trial has been postponed until December 14, due to a scheduling conflict with Lakin’s new counsel, Neal Puckett, a former Marine ground combat officer, and an expert in military law.

In the mean time, the Safeguard Our Constitution web site is back on with cover-to-cover Lakin material including the cheesy animation of prison bars materializing on top of Lakin’s full-military uniform photo. There are several links on an all-Lakin topic page labeled “make a tax deductible contribution now to the foundation” (notedly NOT to “Terry Lakin’s defense”). The web site is run by the American Patriot Foundation (whose director is none other than discharged lawyer Paul Jensen Jensen who had previously stated that he needed $500,000 for the Lakin defense). The web site says:

In facing court-martial, LTC Lakin is just the latest victim of the determined effort of the President not to provide simple proof of his eligibility under the constitution to hold office.

As noted on this blog before, Lakin is the victim of the birthers and lawyer Jensen who helped him incriminate himself (by making a video in which he admits to the charges) and misled him as to the facts surrounding Obama’s eligibility.

44 Responses to Lakin dumps birther lawyer

  1. avatar
    Mary Brown October 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Who was it who said, there’s a sucker born every minute.” This Colonel may be sincerely naive but he brought much of this on himself. I hope he finally has competent counsel- he needs it.

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    FUTTHESHUCKUP October 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I hope he finally gets a couple of years in the hooscow – he really needs it

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    Arthur October 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Hey FUT,

    Until your post, I had never seen the word “hooscow” in print–I’d only heard it, mostly in Westerns. But I thought it was pronounced with with a “g” not a “c,” i.e., “hoosgow”–so I decided to look it up to see if there was a standard version of this unusual word. According to Random House, Word of the Day, “hoosegow is an Anglicization of Mexican Spanish juzgao, a variant of juzgado, which means ‘jail’. This word is a borrowing from Standard Spanish juzgado ‘a courtroom; panel of judges’, the past participle of juzgar ‘to judge’, from Latin judicare.” The word first appeared in written English in 1908.

    I thought that was kind of interesting.

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    FUTTHESHUCKUP October 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    I think it comes from watching all those Bowery Boys movies when I was a kid, Art. lol. I used the Urban Dictionary’s spelling.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Hooscow

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    Rickey October 15, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    Arthur: Hey FUT,
    Until your post, I had never seen the word “hooscow” in print–I’d only heard it, mostly in Westerns. But I thought it was pronounced with with a “g” not a “c,” i.e., “hoosgow”–so I decided to look it up to see if there was a standard version of this unusual word.According to Random House, Word of the Day, “hoosegow is an Anglicization of Mexican Spanish juzgao, a variant of juzgado, which means jail’. This word is a borrowing from Standard Spanish juzgado a courtroom; panel of judges’, the past participle of juzgar to judge’, from Latin judicare.” The word first appeared in written English in 1908.I thought that was kind of interesting.

    I continually learn new things from this blog!

  6. avatar
    BatGuano October 15, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    ” Paul Jensen Jensen ”

    typo doc. you missed the rolf.

  7. avatar
    Slartibartfast October 15, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    I can’t wait to see how the birther’s spin this one (you would think that they would get a clue from the number of times the predictions of the reality based community turn out to be absolutely correct…).

  8. avatar
    misha October 15, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    Jensen only knows two words: woof, woof.

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    AnotherBird October 15, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Slartibartfast: I can’t wait to see how the birther’s spin this one(you would think that they would get a clue from the number of times the predictions of the reality based community turn out to be absolutely correct…).

    They seem to be waiting for the end of Lakin’s career.

  10. avatar
    Sef October 15, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    AnotherBird:
    They seem to be waiting for the end of Lakin’s career.

    They’re making their plans on how to spring him from the USDB.

  11. avatar
    Bovril October 15, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Alas, once Lakin’s utility has been squeezed dry ie when his court-martial ends with his carrer in tatters and his discharge from the Army, the Birffons will drop him like a rabid weasel.

    There will still be a site or two milking the gullible with PayPal entreaties for “The Leavenworth One” but once that rapidly drys up, Lakin will be left to his own devices.

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    Arthur October 15, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Bovril: Alas, once Lakin’s utility has been squeezed dry ie when his court-martial ends with his carrer in tatters and his discharge from the Army, the Birffons will drop him like a rabid weasel.There will still be a site or two milking the gullible with PayPal entreaties for “The Leavenworth One” but once that rapidly drys up, Lakin will be left to his own devices.

    Bovril, I think you’re right that some will continue to milk the imprisoned teat of LTC Lakin. It wouldn’t surprise me if the “Safeguard our Constitution” website began appealing for donations to buy Lakin a gold-leafed, leather bound, written-in-the-blood-of the-lamb Bible, only $999.99 each! .

  13. avatar
    Majority Will October 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Arthur:
    Bovril, I think you’re right that some will continue to milk the imprisoned teat of LTC Lakin. It wouldn’t surprise me if the “Safeguard our Constitution” website began appealing for donations to buy Lakin a gold-leafed, leather bound, written-in-the-blood-of the-lamb Bible, only $999.99 each! .

    Or they could start selling a sour citrus punch and call it Lemming Aid.

  14. avatar
    Patrick McKinnion October 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    misha: Jensen only knows two words: woof, woof.

    “What’s that Lassie?? You said Lakin can use the birth certificate as a defense?? Good dog!!”

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    AnotherBird October 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Sef:
    They’re making their plans on how to spring him from the USDB.

    That reminds me of a cartoon. Lakin is now the undisputed champion of great failures in birferdom. So, there maybe some that want to take that title away from him. These birfers have many characters, just enough to have a cartoon with only them in it.

    “Many birthers go in. Only one can be claimed to be supremo birfer crazy. Who will it be ….”

  16. avatar
    J. Edward Tremlett October 16, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    So the American Patriot Foundation’s director is Jensen? I N T E R E S T I N G

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    misha October 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Arthur: the “Safeguard our Constitution” website began appealing for donations to buy Lakin a gold-leafed, leather bound, written-in-the-blood-of the-lamb Bible, only $999.99 each!

    That reminds me of a book I read in college. A grifter bought 1,000 bibles, literally at a fire sale for pennies on the dollar. He threw away the damaged ones, and sent letters to families whose obituaries seemed like a good target.

    “I am waiting for the check you promised, for our gold leaf New Testament. Remember, this once in a lifetime $9.99 offer is only available for a short time.

    John Christian
    The Christian Publishing Company”

  18. avatar
    Majority Will October 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    misha:
    That reminds me of a book I read in college. A grifter bought 1,000 bibles, literally at a fire sale for pennies on the dollar. He threw away the damaged ones, and sent letters to families whose obituaries seemed like a good target.

    “I am waiting for the check you promised, for our gold leaf New Testament. Remember, this once in a lifetime $9.99 offer is only available for a short time.

    John Christian
    The Christian Publishing Company”

    Paper Moon – a 1973 American comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, and the film was shot in black-and-white. The film is set during the Great Depression in the U.S. state of Kansas and it starred the real life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, as on-screen father and daughter Moses and Addie.

    The story follows con man Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal) and young Addie Loggins (Tatum O’Neal), an orphaned daughter of a prostitute. Because Moses had once had an affair with her mother, there is speculation that he is in fact Addie’s father (which he denies). Moses is charged with bringing Addie to her aunt’s home. Along the way, Moses manages to convince the brother of the man who drove his car into a tree, killing Addie’s mother, into giving him two hundred dollars for Addie. Addie overhears this conversation and later demands the money. Because he spent nearly half of the money on car repairs, Moses agrees to travel with Addie until he has raised two hundred dollars to give to her. Addie soon learns how Moses makes his money: he finds recently widowed women and visits them pretending to be a Bible salesman who recently sold an expensive, personalized Bible to the deceased husband. The widows usually overpay him for the books inscribed with their names. Addie joins in the scam, pretending to be his daughter, and exhibits a talent for larceny. As time passes, Moses and Addie become a formidable team and seem to forget about Addie joining her aunt.

    Tatum O’Neal won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Addie. She is the youngest winner in the history of the Academy Awards. Madeline Kahn was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress but lost to Tatum that year.

    (source: wikpedia)

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    J. Edward Tremlett October 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    So Jensen is the head of the foundation. I guess it goes without saying how the foundation picked him out as the lawyer for this case?

  20. avatar
    misha October 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Majority Will: Paper Moon – a 1973 American comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures.

    I read the book before the movie was released. I forgot the title; can anyone tell me?

    There is a father whose surname is literally “Bastard.” His son hates it, and wants to change the name. They drive a convertible, whose brand is Star. Yes, the book is during the Depression. Paper Moon was based on it.

    Anyone?

  21. avatar
    Majority Will October 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    misha: The screenplay was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown

    The screenplay for Paper Moon was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown.

    http://www.amazon.com/Addie-Pray-Joe-David-Brown/dp/0671209620

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_David_Brown

  22. avatar
    Majority Will October 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Mary Brown: Who was it who said, there’s a sucker born every minute.” This Colonel may be sincerely naive but he brought much of this on himself.I hope he finally has competent counsel- he needs it.

    The true source of the quote is currently unknown.

    “There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase often credited to P. T. Barnum (1810–1891), an American showman. It is generally taken to mean that there are (and always will be) a lot of gullible people in the world. (source: wikipedia)

    More on other possible sources:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There%27s_a_sucker_born_every_minute

  23. avatar
    Majority Will October 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    misha:
    I read the book before the movie was released. I forgot the title; can anyone tell me?There is a father whose surname is literally “Bastard.” His son hates it, and wants to change the name. They drive a convertible, whose brand is Star. Yes, the book is during the Depression. Paper Moon was based on it.Anyone?

    Well, I screwed up the block quotes but anyway . . . Are you thinking of book besides Joe David Brown’s Addie Pray? I don’t know of another.

  24. avatar
    misha October 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    Majority Will: The screenplay for Paper Moon was adapted from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown.

    Oops.

    “Are you thinking of book besides Joe David Brown’s Addie Pray?” Yes, but I can’t remember the title, just the plot (plotz?).

  25. avatar
    Sef October 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Majority Will:
    The true source of the quote is currently unknown.“There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase often credited to P. T. Barnum (1810–1891), an American showman. It is generally taken to mean that there are (and always will be) a lot of gullible people in the world. (source: wikipedia)More on other possible sources:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There%27s_a_sucker_born_every_minute

    Thanks for bringing back the Jim Dale memories.

  26. avatar
    Majority Will October 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Sef:
    Thanks for bringing back the Jim Dale memories.

    Nowadays, when you mention Phineas, the kids will ask, “and Ferb?”

  27. avatar
    Benji Franklin October 20, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Lakin Birther Bunker Bombed By Competent Lawyer!

    Neal Puckett is a real lawyer; you KNEW what was going to happen!

    WND is getting the idea now – very slowly.

    Excerpts from Bob Unruh’s WND piece “Born In The USA? posted last night (Oct 19th, 2010)

    A new trial date has been announced by the military for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the career Army doctor who decided to refuse an assignment to Afghanistan because of his concern that the orders he was issued in a chain of command headed by Barack Obama were not legal.

    According to attorney Neal Puckett, who has represented Lakin only since a military judge ordered Lakin could not have access to any information about President Obama’s eligibility, the trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 14 and run for three days.

    (Puckett) confirmed to WND that there will be new directions for the defense, but could not elaborate.

    “All I can really say is the case is going to be handled differently from here on out,” he said.

    He said “all possible courses of action” will be reviewed within the military justice system.

    Puckett confirmed that the judge in the case, Denise Lind, “rendered the proper legal ruling” regarding access to Obama’s birth and eligibility evidence.

    “She was right on the facts and right on the law,” he told WND.

    He hinted about his plan of defense.

    “All those issues concerning the president’s eligibility to hold office are completely irrelevant as to whether Lt. Col. Lakin was issued lawful orders and whether he obeyed them,” he said.

    Gee, Bob Unruh, I think Neal elaborated quite enough for us to see that the Birthers have lost their hold over the sanity of LTC Lakin!

    Benji Franklin

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    Bovril October 20, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Right now Lakin’s only real hope is mitigation and damage control.

    Try and get the sentence reduced, try and preserve in whole or in part his pension, that’s basically all there is.

    The problem is, to bargain with the court and the prosecution, Lakin has to HAVE something to trade with.

    I’m sure the defense will try a “Good Soldier” and “previous good acts” pass but again, what’s in it for the court and the Army to allow Lakin to skip?

    Now, if they get a “I’m really really truly sorry, repent my sins and acknowledge my acts and actions were rash and value free” ….maybe that’s worth something.

    Of course Lakin may still think deep down that life as a martyr is a winner and will bring down Da Usurper…..All I can says is I hope he’s ready for a professional and personal life in tatters and damn all support from the Birfoons once his utilty is gone.

  29. avatar
    Sef October 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Bovril: The problem is, to bargain with the court and the prosecution, Lakin has to HAVE something to trade with.

    Would the government have a case against the birthers & Jensen in particular re sedition/conspiracy & might Lakin become a witness for the prosecution in return for a reduced sentence? If so, it might explain why Jensen & APF has so distanced themselves from Lakin.

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    Bovril October 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I imagine that would be reallly difficult to prove and unless there is a substantial, verifiable paper trail, not likely to go anywhere.

    In any case, all it would do would be to validate the Birfoon tendency and you would increase their profile to no good end (for the Army).

    IANAL….IMHO…8-)

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    Reality Check October 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Benji Franklin: “All those issues concerning the president’s eligibility to hold office are completely irrelevant as to whether Lt. Col. Lakin was issued lawful orders and whether he obeyed them,” he said.

    The sound you just heard was the air coming out of the birfer defense balloon and plunge to earth.

  32. avatar
    Rickey October 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Benji Franklin: Gee, Bob Unruh, I think Neal elaborated quite enough for us to see that the Birthers have lost their hold over the sanity of LTC Lakin!

    Unruh goes on to regurgitate the usual birther talking points, but he is way off base when he says this:

    It is possible that Lakin’s case ultimately could end up before the Supreme Court, which may have difficulty ruling that he has no “standing” in the dispute. Virtually every other judge to date has concluded plaintiffs challenging Obama’s eligibility lacked standing. But Lakin’s case might be different because the threat of jail time he would face.

    The military law experts at CAAFlog have explained that SCOTUS has no jurisdiction over a court-martial appeal unless the appeal is first accepted for review and ruled upon by CAAF (the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces). In other words, if CAAF declines to review a case, it is over and there is no further appeal. And while it is conceivable that a guilty verdict against Lakin could end up before CAAF on some grounds, if it happens it will not be on the grounds that Obama is ineligible. An appeal to SCOTUS cannot raise new issues which were not raised in the Court of Appeals.

    Besides, Mr. Puckett has shut the door on the eligibility defense. He may have something up his sleeve, but whatever it might be has nothing to do with Obama.

  33. avatar
    Reality Check October 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Dwight Sullivan will be on RC Radio tomorrow night. I think we will have some interesting developments to discuss. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rcr/2010/10/22/reality-check-radio

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    Benji Franklin October 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Good points Rickey.

    As for Unruh’s drivel when he said,
    “It is possible that Lakin’s case ultimately could end up before the Supreme Court, which may have difficulty ruling that he has no “standing” in the dispute. Virtually every other judge to date has concluded plaintiffs challenging Obama’s eligibility lacked standing. But Lakin’s case might be different because the threat of jail time he would face.”

    As a reflection of reality, that statement is equivalent to :
    “It is possible that Lakin’s case ultimately could end up before my stuffed dog, which may have difficulty ruling that he has no “standing” in the dispute. Virtually every other dog to date has concluded plaintiffs challenging Obama’s eligibility lacked standing. But Lakin’s case might be different because the threat of no dog bites he would face.”

    Benji Franklin

  35. avatar
    Benji Franklin October 21, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Have any birfer sites gone off on Lakin or Puckett yet? They must all be boiling inside!

    Benji Franklin

  36. avatar
    Black Lion October 21, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    The birfers are ignoring this new development or stating that Lakin still believes that the President is illegal but is trying to just get a dismissal without any confinement….

  37. avatar
    Rickey October 21, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Black Lion: The birfers are ignoring this new development or stating that Lakin still believes that the President is illegal but is trying to just get a dismissal without any confinement….

    Of course, what Lakin still believes is irrelevant. The Holy Grail of Obama discovery remains out of the reach of birthers.

    Excellent post by Dave at CAAFlog:

    My take on the article is that Unruh understands perfectly well what Puckett is saying, but he also understand very well the capacity of his readership to put together 1 + 1 and get a million.

    Unruh repeats the claim that Vallely arranged this new lawyer. He also repeats the fact that Vallely’s gang were critical of Jensen, and strongly suggested a new direction (which was to claim that the President must have two citizen parents). He quotes Puckett saying things are going to go in a new direction. At this point, all the readership has to do is ignore the line about the President’s eligibility having nothing to do with this case. Unruh knows his readers are entirely capable of that.

    And there we go. An article about this case no longer being about birtherism is magically transformed into an article about this case still being about birtherism

    In fact, the entire thread is worth reading:

    http://www.caaflog.com/2010/10/20/speaking-the-truth-to-guano/

  38. avatar
    Dave October 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    Here we are a couple days later and I still can’t find a birther site that even mentions WND’s story. Not on Free Republic. Dr Kate just did a post with a section on LTC Lakin, but WND not mentioned in post or comments. Isn’t on ORYR. Isn’t even mentioned on safeguardourconstitution.com.

    I guess in spite of WND’s heroic effort at spinning this into an incipient victory, the birthers realize this is something they really don’t want to talk about.

  39. avatar
    Dave October 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    Here’s an entertaining bit. The WND article about the Berg “rally” (I’m not sure a gathering of two dozen counts as a rally) contains the following paragraph:

    Berg’s is not the only one who has challenged Obama’s residency in the White House. A case is developing involving Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, who has questioned the legitimacy of the orders in the U.S. military under a president whose eligibility is under question.

    The “case” is a hyperlink to the WND article we discussed above — the one in which LTC Lakin’s new lawyer is quoted saying that his case has nothing to do with the President’s eligibility.

  40. avatar
    Rickey November 10, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    This just in from Lakin’s attorneys:

    The Law Firm of Puckett & Faraj, PC, is preparing the defense of LTC Lakin for trial currently scheduled for December 14, 2010 at Fort Meade, MD. LTC Lakin is being charged with missing movement, disobeying orders to report to a new unit, disobeying orders to report to his brigade commander and dereliction of duty.

    His previous civilian attorney complicated his case and is partially responsible for two of these charges by advising LTC Lakin to refuse to report to his superior officer. The defense team is now working to minimize the damage caused by this inappropriate legal advice and return LTC Lakin to his family quickly and with his medical career intact.

    The trial is expected to last 2 days at Fort Meade beginning on December 14, 2010.

    http://www.puckettfaraj.com/2010/11/ltc-lakin-trial-update/

    Note that they seem to be conceding that Lakin is going to be dismissed from the Army – they refer to his “medical career” but not to his military career. Also, a stinging rebuke of Jensen.

  41. avatar
    Majority Will November 10, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Rickey: His previous civilian attorney complicated his case and is partially responsible for two of these charges by advising LTC Lakin to refuse to report to his superior officer.

    Grounds for a malpractice suit? Seems appropriate for someone as vile, ignorant, opportunistic and unprofessional as Jensen.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-xnC1aHswM

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    Majority Will November 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    LTC Terry Lakin’s Brother Dr. Greg Lakin on Peter Boyles Show

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga_fXSAaB6c&feature=player_embedded

    More of the same pathetic, un-American birther scum b.s. in the comments section.

  43. avatar
    Daniel November 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Now that Lakin has finally wised up and is no longer pursuing the fools errand of birtherism, will all the people that donated to his birther run at the American Patriot(sic) Foundation be reimbursed? More likely that Jensen, the shill, dog bite lawyer, that managed to fool Lakin into sinking his career over a birther delusion, will take the money and run.

  44. avatar
    Majority Will November 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Daniel: Now that Lakin has finally wised up and is no longer pursuing the fools errand of birtherism, will all the people that donated to his birther run at the American Patriot(sic) Foundation be reimbursed? More likely that Jensen, the shill, dog bite lawyer, that managed to fool Lakin into sinking his career over a birther delusion, will take the money and run.

    It seems like suing Jensen might help his credibility some now and in the future with medical and insurance boards or hospitals.

    Or at the least calling Jensen to take the stand to show the panel the level oif guano psychoses?