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Be careful what you wish for.
I think that applies very much to the Birthers and their desire to have have their claims about President Obama examined by a court. It looks like they have gotten their wish in Georgia in the case of Farrar v Obama.
Up until now Birther lawsuits had two major problems getting a case heard on the merits: no case and no merits. In almost all of the suits the Birthers had no case, i.e. no case that the federal courts had jurisdiction to hear. In one state suit, Ankeny v Daniels, some of the merits of the suit were addressed by the court, but Birthers mostly ignore it or say it was decided wrong.
This time around, in Farrar, the plaintiffs have a perfect right to challenge Obama’s eligibility to appear on the Georgia presidential preference ballot because Georgia law says so. They have formally valid suit. The problem, as they will no doubt be told in the course of things, they have no merit. That’s because the Birther claims consist solely of unfounded allegations, impossible rumors and crank legal theories. However, unlike Ankeny, there will be a great deal of attention focused on Georgia and it will be difficult for the Birthers to shrug off the result.
One of the Plaintiff’s attorneys in the case is Orly Taitz. She wrote on her blog [link to Taitz blog]
This is particularly sweet, as it is happening in GA, where judge Clay D. Land maligned me so badly and attacked me with $20,000 of sanctions in order to silence me, to stop me from challenging Obama. Judge Land was sending a message to other attorneys and intimidating them, de facto telling them, “you dare to go after Obama, raise the issue of his forged birth certificate and invalid Social Secrity [sic] number, establishment will attack you and sanction you, just like attorney Taitz”
Now judge Malihi is sending a message: “nobody is above the law.”
Conspiracy theorists like to find “messages” in public statements. Personally I think Judge Land was sending Orly Taitz a message: “break the rules and get punished.” Judge Malihi is sending Orly Taitz a message: “bring a valid suit before the court and it will get heard.” Just remember, Orly, just because you get another 15 minutes of fame doesn’t mean that you’re above the law either.